ELV Fab Lab completes PPE project
The need for personal protective equipment spurred the Early Learning Village’s Fab Lab to spring into action in March. The Fab Lab is now winding down its efforts to make PPE for people on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.
Andrea Fields, the Fab Lab’s manager, partnered with Marzell Brown of Rockwell Automation to produce products that will be donated to Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital and other community agencies. They produced about 300 face shields, 600 surgical mask clips and 400 door pulls using the digital fabrication lab’s laser printer.
“It’s been interesting learning which materials would be best,” said Mrs. Fields. She sought advice from MIT and Case Western Reserve University’s Innovation Center about what materials could be disinfected easily and would be durable enough for repeated use.
While challenging, she said the community service project was also fun.
PPE will be donated to the hospital, Euclid Fire Department paramedics and the HOPE Foundation. Remaining PPE may be donated to parents who are frontline workers.
This community service serves as an example of how Euclid Schools strives to be a valuable partner in the Euclid community. Thank you to Mrs. Fields and Mr. Brown for your work.
EHS students participate in state leadership conference
Four students from Euclid High School participated in the first ever virtual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference held in April.
Amanda James, Alex Bryan, Vansh Kasabwala and Nathaniel Johnson joined more than 900 conference delegates who competed in state level business skills competitions. The delegates also recognized more than 200 Statesman Torch Award winners, elected the 2020-2021 state officer team, and celebrated the donation of more than 6,000 hours and $28,000 to Special Olympics Ohio.
“Had it not been for the shutdowns due to the COVID-19 virus, all 4 students would have qualified to participate in the National Competition that had been scheduled in Washington D.C.,” said chapter advisor Roy Pignatiello, who teaches the Lakeshore Compact Cisco networking technology program at Euclid High School.
Congratulations to Alex Bryan, who placed fourth in the computer network technology competition.
Business Professionals of America is the premier Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for high school, college, and middle school students preparing for careers in business, finance and management information systems and other related fields. The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of the skills learned at school.
Celebrating Right to Read Week
Our elementary school teachers love organizing Right to Read Week activities in May so we can get a jump on encouraging students to read over the summer. The state-mandated closure of our school buildings forced us to find other ways to celebrate, but it did not stop us from celebrating our early readers.
Arbor Elementary kicked off Right to Read Week by holding a reverse parade. Students’ families were encouraged to drive past the building so that administrators, teachers and staff could wave and inspire the students to keep reading. It also gave them a chance to let students know how much they are missed.