b'56 2019-2020 | ANNUAL REPORT 2019-2020 | ANNUAL REPORT 57STEPPING UP TO SUPPORT FRONTLINE WORKERSLOUIS RIEL SCHOOL DIVISION (LRSD) DIDIn early April 2020, custodians, science teachers andI am totally amazed by how quickly this all came together,administrators from across LRSDs 40 schools workedsaid Charles Robert, Director of Facilities at LRSD. Our ITS PART TO SUPPORT MANITOBAS HEALTHtogether to search through cabinets, closets and storagemaintenance staff picked up the supplies from schools rooms to collect a considerable donation for health careon Tuesday, and staff members had started putting thisOUR MAINTENANCE STAFF CARE SYSTEM BY DONATING PERSONALworkers. The group collected nearly: together only a few days prior to pick up. Now thatPROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) TOis teamwork!PICKED UP THE SUPPLIES FRONTLINE WORKERS DURING THE HEIGHT800Boxes of 300safety While the number of donated PPE was significant, LRSD glovesglassesmade sure it had enough supplies on hand to help protectFROM SCHOOLS ON TUESDAY, staff members who were busy ensuring schools were clean OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN MANITOBA. and others who were distributing materials to students. Boxes ofFace LRSD also donated fabric to Doctors Manitoba to assist inAND STAFF MEMBERS HAD 30N95 masks 20shields the manufacturing of protective gowns.STARTED PUTTING THIS While many people were enjoying a peaceful and relaxed Good Friday, Heidi Forrester, Human Ecology Consultant,TOGETHER ONLY A FEWspent her holiday collecting fabric from the Textile Labs throughout the division so Doctors Manitoba could beginDAYS PRIOR TO PICK UP.production as soon as possible.We all have to do what we can to help, said Forrester. AsNOW THAT IS TEAMWORK!"a person who sews, our services are in demand like never before. I hope the Textiles students realize how valuable the skills they are learning are to others.- Charles RobertIndustrial Arts teachers in LRSD pitched in as well, using 3D printers to produce face shields and ear protectors for healthcare workers. An organization called Shop 3D reached out to Richard Pharand, Industrial Arts Consultant, to coordinate the design, materials, shipping and logistics of the masks.When LRSD Industrial Arts teachers were asked to participate, the response was overwhelming, said Pharand. We have 11 Industrial Arts teachers as well as a school principal producing several hundred units weekly, with many printers running up to 12 hours a day.Pharand says the equipment was sent to health care workers across Manitoba and Canada, with the first batch delivered to Winnipeg Clinic.'