WARE — The Ware High School football team is working with students, their parents, and the community to increase COVID-19 vaccinations.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Assoc. (MIAA) partners with Team Up 4 Community to present the 2021-22 MIAA Community Service Challenge. The goal is to promote the positive impact students at MIAA member schools are making by giving back to their communities. As a result of this challenge, the Ware football team has established a partnership with the Baystate Health Wellness on Wheels (WOW) Bus and the Baystate Health Mobile Vaccine team to offer COVID-19 vaccines during the football game between Ware High School and Mahar Regional High School on Friday, Oct. 15.
The WOW Bus and Baystate Health Mobile Vaccine team will be on the Ware High School campus from 5 to 7:30 p.m. to provide Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer vaccines to students, parents, and community members at no cost. The team’s efforts include offering students who get vaccinated free entry to the game. In addition, the first 44 Ware High School students to get a COVID vaccine will receive a $50 gift card. Students ages 12 to 18 require a parent present at the time of the vaccine.
The football team’s goal is to promote health and safety and provide an important community service.
“Schools are a large part of the daily life for many children and families and uniquely positioned to teach about the importance of vaccination as well as even provide access to COVID-19 vaccines,” said Marlene DiLeo, superintendent of Ware Public Schools.
The Quaboag Connector will provide transportation to and from the vaccine clinic at Ware High School at no cost. To schedule a ride, call (413) 544-3401.