Clear Creek ISD sophomore, 8th-grader make face masks, ear-relief straps for community

Michelle Davis (left) and her younger brother Nicholas have made more than 40 masks and more than 100 ear-relief straps to help provide face masks for first responders and community members in need. (Photos courtesy of Clear Creek ISD)
Michelle Davis (left) and her younger brother Nicholas have made more than 40 masks and more than 100 ear-relief straps to help provide face masks for first responders and community members in need. (Photos courtesy of Clear Creek ISD)

Michelle Davis (left) and her younger brother Nicholas have made more than 40 masks and more than 100 ear-relief straps to help provide face masks for first responders and community members in need. (Photos courtesy of Clear Creek ISD)

Two Clear Creek ISD siblings are among the Bay Area residents helping provide essential workers with protective face masks, all while engaging in distance learning, according to a news release from the district.

Clear Springs High School sophomore Michelle and Creekside Intermediate School eighth-grader Nicholas Davis have made more than 40 masks and 100 ear-relief straps on top of their schoolwork. The masks are being given to first responders and hospital workers for free, or they are available to purchase for $5 each, per the release.

Michelle first began sewing masks for her family after finding design patterns online. Soon after, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised recommendations for wearing masks in public to further prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Once the siblings’ mother posted on a Facebook community page about the homemade masks, community requests skyrocketed, from neighbors to nurses and police officers, per the release.

The children’s father, Nick Davis, said in the release that Nicholas is more into robotics, electronics and 3-D printing, so Nicholas researched designs for mask ear-relief straps. The flexible straps are roughly 7 inches long and are meant to relieve tension on the ear. Nicholas prints them himself, which takes about 3 1/2 hours for 10 units, while Michelle irons, pins and sews together the masks, each of which take 10 to 15 minutes.

“I think it's amazing how altruistic they are when it comes to others in need,” Nick said of his children in the release. “I feel they are learning new techniques, how to solve problems, and create efficiencies in their work.”


Nick added that his kids have big hearts. Michelle expressed pride in being able to help her neighbors.

"It makes us feel very happy that we can help the people that help us because they risk their lives every day to keep our community safe and healthy,” she said in the release.
By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.

<

MOST RECENT

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon begins rollout of statewide vaccination clinics for employees

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Houston City Council approved ordinances expanding and funding Houston’s BCycle program on April 14. (Courtesy Houston BCycle)
Houston City Council OKs expansion of BCycle sites

City Council approved the addition of 11 new BCycle kiosk bike stations.

Federal funding is set aside for public schools to address effects of the pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Why Texas has not yet distributed $18 billion in federal funds intended for public schools

As budget decisions loom for school districts across Texas, state leaders are holding on to federal funds intended for public schools to use in addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Homes priced above $750,000, such as this one in the Heights, saw a surge in sales in March, with almost twice as many properties sold. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
Average Houston single-family home price jumps 20% in March

The average sale price for a home in March was $370,847.

While face masks will remain a requirement for the rest of the 2020-21 school year, a Clear Creek ISD committee has recommended masks be optional for the 2021-22 school year. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD committee recommends making face masks optional next school year

While face masks will remain a requirement for the rest of the 2020-21 school year, a Clear Creek ISD committee has recommended masks be optional for the 2021-22 school year.

League City will give up nearly 30 acres of land to Friendswood in exchange for some of the property tax revenue generated by the move after League City City Council’s unanimous vote April 13. (Courtesy city of League City)
League City agrees to land swap with Friendswood

League City will give up nearly 30 acres of land to Friendswood in exchange for some of the property tax revenue generated by the move after League City City Council’s unanimous vote April 13.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said power outages are not expected April 13, while requesting energy conservation. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
UPDATE: ERCOT call for energy conservation ends April 13 without need for power outages

An ERCOT official said "tight" supply and demand conditions arose on the state's electric grid April 13 due to forecasting issues amid planned, seasonal maintenance outages by some power generators.

Spearheaded by state Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, the new court, if established, would expand the capacity of the county's criminal court system in hopes of reducing its backlog, which stood at 70,951 total cases pending before criminal district courts in Harris County as of April 8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County supports creation of new criminal district court to tackle case backlog

If the efforts are successful, this would be Harris County's first new criminal district court since 1984 when the 351st District Court was created.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended health providers pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine April 13. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
State, federal health authorities recommend pause of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after 6 rare, severe blood clots

Hub providers in Dallas, Harris and Travis counties have all announced they will follow the recommendations and pause distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

(Courtesy Montaya Magee)
IMPACTS ROUNDUP: H-E-B coming to Clear Lake and more

Here is a roundup of recent business news in Clear Lake and League City.

"Breaking Strongholds" is a faith-based, eight-episode series that explores topics such as suicide and depression. (Courtesy Terry Weaver)
Series shot in Montgomery County aiming for Hulu, Netflix deal and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.