Keith Stefanson, Mukilteo School District facilities director, unloads personal protection equipment donated by the district on Wednesday at the Willis Tucker Park administration building in Snohomish. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Keith Stefanson, Mukilteo School District facilities director, unloads personal protection equipment donated by the district on Wednesday at the Willis Tucker Park administration building in Snohomish. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

School supplies: 64,380 gloves, 1,575 masks for PPE drive

Districts dig into supply closets to help frontline workers. Others pitch in, too.

EVERETT — The school district worker’s vehicle was chock-full of supplies, but not for the classroom.

Inside were 64,380 pairs of medical gloves, 1,575 face masks and 90 gowns.

Mukilteo School District dug into its supply closets to help protect people on the front lines fighting the coronavirus.

Snohomish County agencies are having a collection drive this week for personal protective equipment as well as hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

“The span of people in the community needing protection is vast,” said Scott North, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management spokesman.

Not only first responders and medical workers need products to keep them safe.

“There’s also a need with people who don’t immediately come to mind. People who clean nursing homes,” North said.

School districts are pitching in in a number of ways.

Everett Public Schools is loaning 10 3D printers through an agreement with Ignition Partners to support manufacturing N95 masks, visors and other critical equipment for local health care systems. The Everett district donated masks and 360 pairs of lab goggles to Providence Hospice and Home Care Foundation of Snohomish County.

Sunnyside Elementary School in the Marysville School District gave about 500 face masks to The Everett Clinic in Marysville. The donation was spearheaded by Sunnyside teacher Carrie Narag. The masks were part of the emergency kits in each classroom.

In March, Northshore School District gave 80,500 pairs of gloves and 23,761 masks to EvergreenHealth.

Diane Bradford, Mukilteo district spokeswoman, said the impetus came from Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal’s recent call for schools to donate items not being used.

“These are the supplies the high schools and the tech centers had on hand to support their programs,” Bradford said.

Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center has veterinary, medical and dental assisting programs. High schools had supplies for science and technical classes.

It was stuff just sitting on the shelf, without students around to need it.

“We didn’t have to go through nurses’ station and emergency bags,” Bradford said. “That way they have something on hand when we all come back to school.”

Teachers and principals came in this week to help gather supplies.

On Wednesday, the first day of the three-day collection, Keith Stefanson, the Mukilteo district’s facilities director, used his personal SUV to take the boxes of precious cargo to the county’s Willis Tucker Community Park in Snohomish, one of the two sites.

The other is Haller Park in Arlington. Handmade masks are accepted only in Arlington.

The drive ends Friday at noon.

Donations not accepted: used PPE items, food, drink, perishable items. Money is accepted online only at

Andrea Brown:; 425-339-3443. Twitter @reporterbrown.

Talk to us

More in Local News

A wanted suspect was arrested after a standoff with law enforcement Tuesday night. (Bothell Police Department)
Kidnapping suspect arrested after standoff in Bothell

A large police presence contained the property in the 20500 block of 32nd Dr. SE on Tuesday night.

Community Transit's Lynnwood microtransit pilot project is set to launch this fall with a service area around the Alderwood mall. (Community Transit)
Lynnwood’s microtransit test begins this fall, others possible

Community Transit could launch other on-demand services in Arlington, Darrington and Lake Stevens.

Doctor Thomas Robey sits in a courtyard at Providence Regional Medical Center on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
‘It’d be a miracle’: Providence tests new treatment for meth addiction

Monoclonal antibodies could lead to the first drug designed to fight meth addiction. Everett was chosen due to its high meth use.

Rev. Barbara Raspberry, dressed in her go-to officiating garments, sits in the indoor chapel at her home, the Purple Wedding Chapel, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Everett, Washington. The space used to be two bedrooms, but she and her husband Don took down a wall converted them into a room for wedding ceremonies the day after their youngest son moved out over 20 years ago. The room can seat about 20 for in-person ceremonies, plus it serves as a changing room for brides and is the setting for virtual weddings that Raspberry officiates between brides and their incarcerated fiancees at the Monroe Correctional Complex. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Everett’s oh-so-colorful Purple Wedding Chapel is in the red

Rev. Rasberry has hitched hundreds of couples over the years. After her husband died, she’s unsure if she can keep the place.

Man dies in motorcycle crash that snarled I-5 in Everett

Washington State Patrol: he tried to speed by another driver but lost control and hit the shoulder barrier.

The Days Inn on Everett Mall Way, which Snohomish County is set to purchase and convert into emergency housing, is seen Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
County OKs hotel-shelter purchases, won’t require drug treatment

Snohomish County Councilmember Nate Nehring efforts failed to delay the vote and failed to require residents to get addiction treatment.

In a nearly empty maternity wing, Chief Administrative Officer Renée Jensen talks about how it has been almost nine years since east-county mothers could give birth at EvergreenHealth Monroe on Monday, April 1, 2019 in Monroe, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
EvergreenHealth Monroe seeks Community Advisors to guide services

Applications for the volunteer positions are due by Sept. 16.

1 dead in fire at Arlington RV park

Authorities believe the fatal fire early Wednesday was an accident.

Patrick Diller, head of community partnerships for Pallet, discusses the Pallet Shelter Pilot Project last June in Everett. (Katie Hayes / Herald file) June 29, 2021
State laws prompt changes in Everett city rules for shelters

The city is considering revisions to issue permits more quickly for emergency shelters.

Most Read