Woodstock Academy donates personal protective equipment to local towns and hospital
Posted by Julia Budd, Director of Communications on 3/27/2020 12:00:00 PM
At the beginning of the year, in preparation for the possibility of a local COVID-19 outbreak, The Woodstock Academy’s Health Services department, led by Bobbie-Jo Saucier, gathered the necessary protective gear to keep staff and students safe and healthy. But now, with the transition to eLearning and boarding students returning home, there are no students on campus.
Head of School Chris Sandford and Saucier knew The Academy’s extra supplies could be of use to local healthcare professionals while there is a national shortage of protective equipment.
“This was a way for us to step in and offer just a small amount of help to our community partners,” said Sandford.
Saucier reached out to local EMS, first responders, and other health care providers that are working on the front lines of this pandemic. Deborah Richards, emergency management director of Eastford, and Erica Chrzan, EMS captain of the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association, were both grateful for the donations of gloves, gowns, and masks. The Woodstock Academy also made donations to the town of Union through Fire Chief David Eaton and to Day Kimball Hospital through their donation email donatePPE@daykimball.org.
“As a nurse, I understand the important role each one of these professionals has in keeping us healthy and safe,” shared Saucier. “I also understand the conflict that some may have when they have a duty to respond, but are worried about their own health and safety because of the highly contagious nature of this virus.”
The donated items included N95 masks, disposable gowns, procedural and surgical masks, and gloves. The Woodstock Academy’s science department was also able to donate gloves that would have been worn by students in the lab but are no longer needed for eLearning.
“Every little bit helps,” said Saucier, “and I am honored to help in any way possible for the true heroes in this pandemic.”
Saucier stressed the importance of community, “Right now, we all have the same goal of putting Covid-19 past us and returning to a sense of normalcy for ourselves, family, friends, and our schools.”