School printers help create masks for healthcare workers

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Published On: April 28th, 2020

WJCC Schools is proud to do its part to provide personal protective gear for healthcare workers in our community. 3-D printers from nine schools are being used to create pieces for masks for local hospitals
and assisted living communities.

“Healthcare workers and first responders deserve our thanks and praise as we fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. These courageous caregivers are the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older siblings of our students,” said School Board Chair Lisa Ownby. “It is our honor to support them as they sacrifice their time, health, and personal safety in tireless dedication to others.”

The Williamsburg Regional Library is coordinating the PPE outreach. WJCC team members are printing either shields or straps that are distributed by the library. Jennifer Kimbrough, Computer Resource Teacher at J. Blaine Blayton Elementary, has printed 40 shields, and staff at the other eight schools are hard at work as well.

“I’m so glad that I have this opportunity to help our community,” said Jennifer Kimbrough. “It takes about an hour and 20 minutes to print 2 frames. I get up in the morning, turn on the printer and print all day. I feel it is the least I can do.”

The library has received requests for 900 masks already, and that number is expected to grow.