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EPB has donated 5,000 masks to Hamilton County Schools and La Paz Chattanooga as part of the "TN Strong Mask Movement," an initiative by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's Economic Recovery Group.

The face coverings were distributed to five Hamilton County Schools: Dalewood Middle, East Lake Academy, and East Brainerd, East Lake, and East Side elementary schools. Masks also were given to La Paz Chattanooga families and Hamilton County Schools for future use.

"In a time when families have faced tremendous challenges, it's great to see the private and public sectors work together to support those in need," said Mark Ezell, Tennessee Economic Recovery Group director.

"We appreciate EPB and our community partners helping to keep our schools a safe place to learn and grow," said Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson

David Wade, CEO of EPB, said people have to work together to help the community overcome the COVID-19 crisis. "EPB is committed to helping our neighbors in need adapt to this crisis," said Wade.

"During the health care crisis, our goal has been consistent — to ensure the Latino community has accurate and up to date information as well as access to important resources," said La Paz Executive Director Stacy Johnson.

— Compiled by Mike Pare

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