CENTER — Center School’s Skoglund Middle School Principal Luis Murillo presented a PowerPoint demonstration to the Center town board Tuesday on the effort his group has made to educate Spanish-speaking community members on the dangers of COVID-19.
Working with Center School parents and teachers, Murillo crafted a plan to reach non-English speaking members of the community and Guatemalans living in Center. His campaign consisted of three phases: a social media campaign to get facts out to the community about the virus, personal contact by phone or email, and getting out in the community to distribute needed safety and medical supplies.
The media campaign, which resulted in several videos posted to the internet, generated 2,800 views for one video and many shares. Over 242 personal contacts were made and Murillo’s team kept track of what people needed and how they were doing. The team made trips out into the community, suited up in face shields and gloves to distribute face masks, hand sanitizer and other supplies.
More supplies are needed he said and he intends to update his face mask education. While out in the community, Murillo said he noticed several who were not wearing face masks over their noses and some who answered the door without wearing face masks.
Murillo told the board he believes residents are more afraid of losing their jobs because of COVID than they are of COVID itself and cautioned that some residents may opt not to be tested even if ill in order to keep their jobs.
Murillo said he and other volunteers will continue to follow up on contacts made with the program and keep the public posted on COVID developments.