Ball-Chatham School District donated and delivered 275 ear savers made on 3D printers Friday, April 10 at HSHS St John’s Hospital. The district plans on donating 750 total ear savers to the hospital once they are completed. 

Bob Cox, instructional technology coordinator for the school district, utilized four 3D printers that normally are used in the STEM program at Glenwood Middle School to make the ear savers. The plastic-like device helps prevent discomfort of wearing protective masks for a longer period of time.

“This has created a great opportunity for our school community to coordinate a real-world cooperative effort to assist our frontline workers in the fight to combat the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases,” said Dr. Douglas Wood, superintendent of Ball-Chatham school district. “This demonstrates to our students how a resource they work with in the STEM lab at school is put to practical use in the workplace.”

“All of our colleagues are now wearing protective masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Allison Paul, chief nursing officer at HSHS St. John’s Hospital. “These ear savers make it much more comfortable to wear protective masks for hours at a time. We are so thankful to the Ball-Chatham School District for this donation that will help keep our colleagues more comfortable while staying safe.”

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