Recognizing that hospitals are in need of personal protective equipment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wheeler High School students stepped up to help.
Wheeler students Mehul Kalia, Vishaal Ganesh, and Mani Suresh have been constructing face shields for local healthcare workers to use. Their efforts are part of their organization called Engaging Students in STEM (ESS).
So far, they have donated over 200 shields, and they plan to produce face shields throughout the summer.
ESS was inspired by students 3-D printing face shields, and their face shield design allows students without 3-D printer access to get involved as well.
According to the students, they also want to repay healthcare workers who have worked grueling shifts as the frontline defense against the global pandemic. As a thank you, the students have also been creating care packages filled with snacks and thank you cards for these healthcare heroes.
The Wheeler students have distributed 100 packages filled with delicious treats and heart-felt notes of gratitude written by younger children. The collection team, led by fellow Wheeler students Rohan Shiknis, Vishruth Madhusudhan, and Sona Desai, hope to gather more donations in the coming weeks.
While these high schoolers are engaging in several service projects to benefit hospital workers, they haven’t forgotten about the need to help younger students as well. The Wheeler students also have volunteered to tutor Cobb County students.
Through this initiative, the student organization has conducted over 100 one-on-one sessions with elementary and middle school students from across Cobb County, working with them on subjecting ranging from math to science to reading.