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The Call to Action Spreads Across the Country

Photos of healthcare workers wearing the PPE that Viewpoint School has made and messages of thanks to our community are being sent from far and wide. Haley Zylberberg from New York wrote, “Please extend my personal thank you and a thank you on behalf of the Mount Sinai Internal Medicine Residency Program to the Viewpoint Class.” With the help of Viewpoint School’s Shipping and Receiving Department, they were recently sent face shields and N95 masks from across the country.
Photos of healthcare workers wearing the PPE that Viewpoint School has made and messages of thanks to our community are being sent from far and wide. Haley Zylberberg from New York wrote, “Please extend my personal thank you and a thank you on behalf of the Mount Sinai Internal Medicine Residency Program to the Viewpoint Class.” With the help of Viewpoint School’s Shipping and Receiving Department, they were recently sent face shields and N95 masks from across the country. 

After reading this article from the Washington Post, Grady. R ‘29 sent us this message: “I would like to share this article with you because I think that I could do something like this with our 3-D printer at school. I could give the ear guards to doctors and nurses who need them. My plan is to use Tinkercad and do my schoolwork ahead of time to be able to make these at school in the afternoons. If I am not allowed at school, can one of the teachers please help me by printing the ear guards?” Although Grady is unable to run the printers with us, we asked if he would be willing to write a thank you note that could be delivered along with the PPE. His desire to help has sparked letter writing from our Primary and Lower students. These notes have been and will be included in the packages that are delivered. The heartfelt messages are sure to bring a smile to the healthcare workers who are sacrificing their safety to help the fight against COVID-19. To see the collection of letters, click here.

During the airing of KTLA piece on Viewpoint School’s Call to Action, a friend from Lisa Kessler’s Lamaze class, Jo Obedencio, was making dinner and heard the words Viewpoint School coming through her TV. She turned, rewound, watched the piece, and reached out on behalf of the Motion Picture and Television Cottages and Hospital where she works. We have since sent 85 face shields and 30 ear guards similar to the file, from Grady’s message to our Motion Picture and Television neighbors. A local pharmacist also watched the KTLA story and reached out for help. An order of 15 face masks are on their way to the pharmacy staff. Other small doctor’s offices performing COVID-19 testing have requested and received both face shields and ear guards. One of the nurses lovingly calls them “ear-savers.” More essential workers are on the receiving end of the 3D printed PPE. A supply of ear guards has been given to a local Vons.

With the help of Viewpoint School’s Campus Safety, Tarzana Providence Hospital picked up 100 face shields from our guard gate. The Campus Safety Guard Gate has become the drop-off and pick up spot for parts and finished PPE. Some of Viewpoint School’s neighbors Orit and Edward Bonaver have been generously printing, donating, and delivering face shield visors and ear guards to help us fill the orders.

After a design and iteration process, the Patriot Robotics team has started full-scale production of their laser cut model for personal face shields. The Viewpoint design, a collaboration between Chris. L ‘21 and mentor Lance Rush was shared with local FIRST Robotics teams in the Ventura and Los Angeles region. The model was enthusiastically received and a donation of PETG plastic has been given to the team to help the large scale production of PPE. The donation of raw materials from the SoCal COVID makers fund is helping keep up the rapid production of PPE. In the past five days Viewpoint team 2584, through organizational efforts of Haley B. ‘21, has delivered over 500 face shields to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Kaiser West Los Angeles, and Los Robles Care Facility. 

Thank you to those both inside and outside of our Viewpoint family who have helped to get much-needed equipment to those on the front lines. If you would like to help with the Viewpoint School’s Call to Action, please contact Lisa Kessler at lisa.kessler@viewpoint.org or Alison Corneau at alison.corneau@viewpoint.org.
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