Dallastown Middle School Gives Back to Community

Dallastown Middle School Manufactures Shields for Healthcare Works in the Community
Posted on 05/18/2020

When it was announced that Dallastown Middle School would be closed for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 pandemic, STEM teacher Brian Goerner started brainstorming ways to keep his students connected. “It started because I was looking at what to do with my kids,” said Goerner.


Quickly realizing the need for personal protective equipment at nursing homes, he connected with his colleagues to develop a plan to help. It started with a successful prototype and donations from Dallastown Area School District Staff.


While maintaining social distancing guidelines, the teachers and their families took over the empty STEM classrooms to create an assembly line to manufacture face shields, complete with a wildcat engraving and a personalized note from a Dallastown Middle School student.


“It was one person who saw a need, who reached out and we all came together,” said Assistant Principal Barbara Terroso.


In total this team of five has manufactured more than 300 shields and donated them to nursing facilities in the Dallastown Community. This project is ongoing, and the team will continue making shields for healthcare workers in need.


It is through projects like this that the Dallastown Community supports one another during this uncertain time.

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