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PUSD Pathways, Porterville Unified School District provide protective gear to local hospitals

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Posted at 1:37 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 16:37:58-04

PORTERVILLE, Calif. — The PUSD Pathways program and Porterville Unified School District have partnered with Sierra View Medical Center and Family HealthCare Network to provide surgical masks, mask hook straps and face shields for medical personnel.

Harmony Magnet Academy students from the Academy of Engineering and high school teachers from Monache High School and Porterville High School, the PUSD team has been using a common template to 3D print reusable face shield masks and head straps.

Over 100 surgical masks and straps were delivered to Sierra View Medical Center and 1,050 unimasks and 50 face mask hooks were delivered to the Family HealthCare Network. A total of over 1,500 unimasks will be delivered to Sierra View this week.

The PUSD team will continue production of the 3D printed masks to support community medical first responders as well as student nutrition workers, who are handling once-a-week Meals at No Cost service.

PUSD Pathways program provides 14 Open Choice programs for high school students, who have the opportunity to apply what they are learning in a project-based, “real world application” instructional program.

The goal of Pathways is for students to graduate college and career ready with a greater advantage of post-secondary learning options, whether college, technical, or workplace.