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Quarry Lane Students Support Community through COVID-19

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Quarry Lane Students Support Community through COVID-19
Quarry Lane Students Support Community through COVID-19

In response to the challenges many are facing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Quarry Lane School community members have stepped up to help support both frontline workers and those in need through various ways.

In response to the challenges many are facing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Quarry Lane School community members have stepped up to help support both frontline workers and those in need through various ways.

After learning of the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed by frontline workers helping to combat the spread of the virus, Quarry Lane School's Engineering Department Head and instructor, Dr. John Rogosic, alerted school administration and utilized the school's resources of 3D printers to construct protective face shields. The face shields consist of a 3D-printed headband that holds a clear plastic film in front of the face. When used in combination with an N95 or other face mask underneath, they provide workers with better protection than using the masks alone.

Meanwhile, Quarry Lane student, Dhruv Bisla (grade 8), had begun creating face shields using his 3D printer at home and wanted to see if the school would be open to creating more using the printers on campus. "I felt that using the resources I have at home to create personal protective equipment was the best way I could help people on the frontlines," says Dhruv. "With a considerably greater collection of resources at school, I was motivated to suggest that we exploit that to increase our impact."

Quarry Lane sophomore and robotics team member, Kunal Kahware, reached out to Dr. Rogosic and other Quarry Lane faculty members to share information about donating PPE and how to help. "Personally, my values exist beyond the sphere of Robotics" he says, "I am dedicated to helping my community and increasing public service and outreach in our team and as a school. I feel it is doing my due diligence as a proactive citizen in society to contribute and help when needed and possible." Dr. Rogosic shared the efforts being made by school and assured Kunal that Quarry Lane was putting the school's resources to good use to support the community.

"I'm honestly really proud of both Dhruv and Kunal for expressing an interest in getting involved in helping this effort and reaching out to their teachers about it," says Dr. Rogosic. "Their enthusiasm to help and the positive energy they lend towards organizing and securing resources is both heartwarming and inspiring."

Other efforts from students have included the creation of GoFundMe pages to help those in need. High school student, Abtin Ghelmansarai, started a GoFundMe page to support families with children who are struggling without the aid of the National School Lunch program through the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Quarry Lane junior, Rohan Kumar, created his GoFundMe page to help grocery store workers in the community who are working tirelessly to keep our stores running during this time. "Normal civilians like us are being asked to stay at home and social distance ourselves," he says on his page, "however, there are countless frontline warriors still working to keep us healthy and safe... One group of unsung heroes are the grocery store workers who are tirelessly stocking up the shelves, decontaminating the stores, and helping us to continue to live our lives as if everything was perfectly normal. I would like to raise some money for these people and compensate them for their tremendous efforts."

"Empathy, compassion, and lifting up those in need are values that are intrinsic to the Quarry Lane community," says Mrs. Candice McGraw, Senior Director at The Quarry Lane School. "Our students have always been incredibly passionate about helping others and doing their part to make this world a better place. Under the challenging circumstances we find ourselves in, I am especially moved to see our community make strides to help the heroes that are working tirelessly for all of us, and those that are struggling amid this crisis. I truly believe that one of the silver linings that has come out of this situation has been witnessing moments like these that exemplify the character of our community."

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