COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — Students at Coquitlam’s Baker Drive Elementary School have put a creative, COVID-19-inspired spin on an ugly Christmas sweater contest.
Principal Jill Reid explains she got the idea from a tweet that said “Who needs an ugly sweater when you can wear an ugly mask?”
The school then sent an email out to families encouraging them to craft one-of-a-kind masks for what she hopes will be a one-time contest.
“It was the first — and hopefully last — ugly mask contest,” Reid says.
“Hopefully it will not be a tradition, but we were just able to bring a little bit more fun to the families as they’ve been spending their time at home together”
Unable to choose just one winner, there was a three-way tie for best mask.
Nine-year-old Carter describes what he made.
“Kind of like a monster and kind of like a spider because it has four eyes and two feathers for a nose and it has lots of feathers on the side of it, and all the lights,” he tells NEWS 1130.
Sisters Ariyana, 6, and Samiya, 8, took inspiration from the holiday season.
“We made a Christmas Tree with little ornaments and lights, they’re called fairy lights,” Ariyana says, noting the lights were their dad’s idea.
A video posted to Twitter has been viewed thousands of times since Wednesday, and Reid is glad the contest is spreading some joy.
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“It means a lot to all of us in the Baker Drive community but also in our school district there’s been a lot of work to hopefully bring happiness to people through the schools this year, and I hope we’ve accomplished that,” she says.
As for how the kids are reacting to having gone viral, Reid says they’re speechless, but smiling.