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Mask wearing can be fun with design contest

Mayo Clinic Health System is working to make maskwearing a little more fun and less challenging for kids. As such, they’re encouraging children to design a mask themselves, with the “Mask Made by Me” campaign.

The campaign will run from Oct. 1-16, and is open to children ages four to 12.

“Wearing a mask at school and other public places is one of the best tools we have to protect against the spread of COVID- 19, but we know this is a big adjustment for children,” says Sara Carstens, director of community engagement and wellness at Mayo Clinic Health System. “We hope children will have fun decorating these masks and this will help them feel more comfortable wearing one.”

Mask Made by Me sheets can be found by visiting the Mayo system website and searching for “Mask Made by Me.” Participants can then print a coloring sheet and learn about wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the coloring sheet, children can design a mask and make the person wearing the mask look just like them. Once completed, adults can upload the artwork, which then may be showcased on the Mayo Clinic Health System Facebook page.

Those who wish to participate must agree to the following rules:

• Artwork must be original and family-friendly.

• Participants may submit one entry per child.

• By submitting a child’s art, participants are granting Mayo Clinic Health System permission to use the artwork on social media and with media affiliates.

Out of the entries, 10 submissions will also be selected, based on creativity, originality and adherence to the topic to win a family fun pack. Those selected will be contacted after the deadline for submissions. Paper submissions will not be accepted.