NORTHAMPTON — Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) Executive Director Kevin Farr and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Superintendent Andrew Linkenhoker are pleased to announce that Smith Vocational and Agricultural donated a variety of health and medical supplies to the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.
“We are fortunate to be in a position where we can use our resources to help others during these uncertain times,” said Superintendent Linkenhoker. “Thanks to the generous donations from our various programs and departments, Smith Vocational and Agricultural was able to donate much needed medical and health supplies to our local partner, Cooley Dickinson Hospital. We hope that the donated supplies can assist Cooley Dickinson staff in staying safe while they ensure the safety of our community.”
On Saturday, March 21, members of the school’s administrative team gathered a large quantity of gloves, masks, safety goggles and other supplies to donate to the facility.
The school donated a total of 9,475 gloves, 215 N95 Masks, 56 gallons of bleach, 900 bouffant caps, 120 pairs of eye protection, 550 face masks, 50 pairs of shoe covers, 150 Tybek coveralls, 500 tongue depressors, 10 splash shields, three jars of Sani Cloths, one isolation gown and a half box of bio-hazard bags.
The supplies came from the school’s animal science, automotive, collision repair, culinary arts, health assisting, cosmetology, criminal justice and adult education programs, as well as the cafeteria, facilities and main office departments.
“The Cooley Dickinson community is so grateful for the outpouring of support from the community, including our neighbor Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School,” Cooley Dickinson President and CEO Joanne Marqusee said. “We would like to thank our generous community. We are appreciative of all you are doing to support Cooley Dickinson and especially our front-line staff during this unprecedented public health crisis.”
Additionally, Smith Vocational and Agricultural is in the process of working with the Advanced Manufacturing shop to determine whether advisory members have the capability and willingness to create supplies using a 3-D printer.
“We are currently in the process of seeing if 3-D printing is a viable option to create more of the resources that are running low at our local health agencies,” said Superintendent Linkenhoker. “We would like to explore the possibility of taking a more innovative approach to creating and donating additional supplies to help those in the greatest need.”