Community Partners Provide a Window into Understanding During COVID-19

Community Partners Provide a Window into Understanding During COVID-19
Posted on 10/12/2020

A special donation, made possible by the League City Lion’s Club and the City of League City, is making a very visible difference for students enrolled in the Galveston-Brazoria Cooperative for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (GBCDHH). The two partners joined forces to provide child and adult facemasks specially designed and constructed with a clear window positioned over the mouth. The window enables better communication and improved understanding between deaf and hard of hearing students, their teachers and classmates.


The GBCDHH applies a total communication philosophy in its teaching and learning that includes sign language, oral language, visual/picture supports and language facilitation strategies, like lip reading. 

“It is important to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and wearing a mask is a critical part of that,” said Megan Dickey, Director of the GBCDHH. “But for our deaf and hard of hearing students, a mask that hides the mouth of those who are communicating can be a significant barrier to understanding and learning.”

The urgency of the need in 2020 prompted a shortage in the market. Masks with the clear window were difficult to find. Mary Foulkrod, a member of the GBCDHH team, described the challenge at hand to her neighbor, Cookie Growcock. It turns out, she was the right neighbor in which to confide. Growcock, who serves her community through the League City Lions Club, activated her network to quickly meet the school’s need. The result was locating enough masks for League City GBCDHH program participants, identifying a funding source, and processing the purchase and delivery of the masks for use by the teachers and students.

The City of League City applied COVID-19 grant funds for the purchase and donation of 500 child and 500 adult masks. The League City Lions Club facilitated the orders and ensured delivery to multiple beneficiaries, including the GBCDHH.

“When we got wind of this need from our hard of hearing community, the Lions Club was overjoyed to answer the call to locate and supply this important item with the help of the City’s funds,” said League City Lion’s Club member Cookie Growcock,

The donation included enough masks for distribution to parents, siblings and peers of students in the GBCDHH program.

The Galveston-Brazoria Cooperative for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a cooperative of nine area school districts including CCISD, serves students with a variety of needs related to hearing loss. GBCDHH Site-Based Services are offered at Campbell Elementary School, Creekside Intermediate School and Clear Springs High School. The GBCDHH also provides Itinerant Services at the child’s home campus, Indirect Services and Parent/Infant Services. There are approximately 359 students who benefit from GBCDHH program offerings across all settings and services.

To learn more about the Galveston-Brazoria Cooperative for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, visit


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