DULUTH, MN -- The City of Duluth started a new initiative to help kids feel more comfortable during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It's called the Duluth Youth Mask Project.
Kids can download a template on the city's website, and color a mask they want to wear.
After it's submitted to the city, they'll choose several to feature in a special way.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson hopes this also inspires parents to have a conversation about COVID-19 with their children.
"We want kids to know wearing a mask it may be different it may be uncomfortable, but it's not scary. It's a way to have a conversation as a family about this virus and about some very simple actions you can choose to do that is proactive," said Larson.
Cooper Chick, 8, from Duluth is one of many kids spending their Friday afternoon designing masks.
He happens to be a hockey fan, so that was the theme of his design.
Cooper says he would love to help people feel more protected.
"Because that maybe people if they are sick they could have a mask for protection," Cooper said.
Design submissions are due by 5 p.m. on June 5.
The City will then choose a few masks to be featured on their website and then eventually created for kids.
Click here for more information on the project.