CASA GRANDE — With a recent donation of face masks, every student at Palo Verde Elementary School will have their own when they return to school in March.

Several students and school staff greeted Quiltz for Kidz members Friday as they donated more than 200 face masks to the school, handmade by members of the quilting club.

“The girls in the group really enjoyed doing this,” Quiltz for Kids spokesman Janet Gardner said.

When students return to school, face masks will be required when they are on school property.

Quiltz for Kidz is a group of local quilters who normally stitch dozens of handmade quilts to give to children on National Adoption Day.

They meet once a month and over the years, they’ve donated hundreds of quilts to children.

But with National Adoption Day canceled last November due to COVID-19, the group had extra, unused fabric including many child-friendly prints.

“We sew all the time,” Gardner said. “With National Adoption Day being canceled, this seemed like a nice, timely project.”

Masks were made in various sizes to fit younger students as well as older students.

There are 250 students at Palo Verde Elementary School.

The quilting club dropped off about 215 on Friday and plan to deliver another 50 before school starts in March.

The donated masks will be divided among the teachers at the school and distributed to the students.

Several students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor were on hand with teachers on Friday to accept the donation from the quilters.


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at