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Local retailer donates 5,000 face masks to Denver Public Schools educators

Nov. 20, 2020
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Denver Public Schools recently received a generous donation of more than 5,000 themed face masks, thanks to Aksels.

Aksels is a Colorado-based apparel and accessories company owned by Dane Burneson, whose family has close ties to the district. Burneson’s wife graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, and his sister spent ten years in education before joining Aksels. Burneson’s mother retired from DPS in 2002 after starting her teaching career in 1969, first at Ashland Elementary and then at Carson, University Park and Samuels elementary schools. The donation was one way of giving back to the community that supported them over the years.

“Once we were able to start making masks at our warehouse in Denver, the only way it felt right to sell them was to be sure we were donating them as well to front line workers,” said Burneson. “Having been raised by someone that spent 30 years teaching in Denver and our headquarters being based in the heart of it, it felt like a no brainer to be sure we got our masks in the hands of the educators that are always important to our community.”

The masks will be distributed to DPS educators in 60 schools. Reusable cloth face masks will help educators across the district stay safe and healthy while supporting students who are returning for in-person learning. Team DPS practices the DPS 5, which includes wearing face masks as well as practicing good hygiene, maintaining physical distance, holding virtual meetings and staff staying home when they are not feeling well.