Multi-Occupational/FOCUS (MOF) teachers are giving back in remarkable ways to help other Monroe One BOCES staff members. Consumer and Family Sciences Teacher Nancy Beutel, Associate Teacher Vatsana Vongsanith and 21st Century Technology Exploration Instructor Don Shufelt are making and donating face masks and ear savers for maintenance staff at Monroe One.
After Shufelt read an article about people who were making ear savers, which ease discomfort from wearing face masks, he found a design and began producing them at home using his 3D printer. He plans to make more than 50 ear savers for all the maintenance and custodial staff at Monroe One.
Additionally, when Beutel and Vongsanith heard that essential workers were in need of face masks, they decided they wanted to do something to help. They gathered supplies from their classroom, family and friends, and craft and fabric stores in order to start making masks.
Together, with help from their family and friends, Beutel and Vongsanith have made and donated more than 800 masks for local hospitals and nursing homes, American Red Cross and other small businesses. This includes more than 60 masks for the maintenance staff at Monroe One. They plan to make more masks for Monroe One employees, nurses and non-profit organizations.
“It has been a blessing to be able to make these masks for essential workers who are working to keep us safe and healthy,” said Consumer and Family Sciences Teacher Nancy Beutel. “We just wanted to help our community during this difficult time.”
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