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FHU Class Selling David Shannon Masks to Help Perkins Center

Henderson, Tennessee - Oct 22, 2020

Anybody seen David Shannon lately? Perhaps you’ve seen a hundred or more folks on campus or in Henderson who bear an eerie resemblance to the president of Freed-Hardeman University.

A small group communication class project has resulted in Shannon look-alike masks currently being sold to raise funds for Henderson’s Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.  Funding for the project came from a $1,000 LEADS grant from Leaders Credit Union.

Teacher Matt Barker divided his 22 students into four groups. One group originated the mask idea. It was their responsibility to design the mask and get them manufactured. Oliver’s in Henderson produced the masks.

A second group produced the winning video to secure the grant. According to Leaders, their video had the most likes and shares of any entry. This group also recorded videos promoting the fundraiser.

The public relations/marketing group promoted the grant application through social media and in chapel announcements. The final group organized the sale of the masks, including choosing a location and scheduling workers. They also served as a liaison between the class and the Perkins Center.

“We thought if we were going to raise funds, we wanted it to go to a worthy organization,” Barker said. All funds will go to help families in Chester County.

“I am very grateful to be a part of this effort,” Kirbi Fahs, Chester County center director, said. “This is a very difficult time for a non-profit, so we are excited about it.”

According to Anna Catherine Wade, a member of the small group communication class, this was the largest project for the class and it gave her a great deal of insight. “I have learned how to use my communication skills the most efficiently while working between a class, a company and a non-profit organization. It has taught me the significance of keeping a schedule in order to progress toward our end goal,” she said.

Masks are being sold Oct. 19 - 23 outside Loyd Auditorium following chapel and in the student center for $12. If they sell out, the class has a form ready for additional masks to be ordered.