Br. Rice Chicago Supports Frontline Workers

Mike Dolan, Br. Rice Chicago

The Robotics Club and Advocacy Club at Brother Rice Chicago has teamed up again to make face shields for workers in the hospitals located in marginalized neighborhoods -- the same neighborhoods hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic in Chicago.

Thanks to Brother Rice alumnus Dr. Henry Spagnola '09, a resident physician for Amita Health, who was over 150 face shields were made and delivered to hospitals in neighborhoods most in need of the equipment.

Every day for the last month, a Robotics Club member has come into school to operate the 3-D printers and put together the full face shields, all this while still working on their e-learning assignments. We were honored to have Dr. Spagnola come in to tell our students about how personal protective equipment is used, and why they are necessary to help overwhelmed medical staff in the hospitals.

The idea for making the shields came from our 11th grade Advocacy student leader Conor (pictured below). He saw the need, and as a member of the Robotics Club, asked if he could help make personal protective equipment for hospitals in our city’s poorest neighborhoods.

As of now, we have made over 200 face shields, are still making about fifteen every day, and will continue to make them throughout the summer if needed.

Conor, '21, and Paul, '22 making face shields for front line workers.


Conor, '21, and Paul, '22 making face shields for front line workers.

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