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CCS Teachers & City of Fayetteville Collaborate to Produce Masks for Police Officers

Fayetteville, N.C. – Across the world and here in Cumberland County, individuals are coming up with innovative ways to support those on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Three CCS teachers are using 3-D printers at Terry Sanford High School to produce protective masks for exclusive use by the Fayetteville Police Department (FPD).

“We are producing masks based on the Billings Foundation ‘Montana Mask’ design,” said Brian Thompson, a science teacher at Terry Sanford High School. “Many organizations with personnel who need protection are favoring this design currently. Our production goal is to create at least 500 protective masks for the Fayetteville Police Department. We will continue to manufacture them until our materials are depleted.”

In addition to Thompson, two other educators are working to produce masks at Terry Sanford – Drew Blazo, the director of the Math and Science Academy at E.E. Smith High School, and Amber House, a Career and Technical Education teacher at Gray’s Creek Middle School.

“In times of crisis, it’s vital that we use all of our available resources and work together to support our community,” said CCS Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. “This partnership will allow us to help protect those who dedicate their lives to protecting others.”

The City is providing all materials and covering all non-labor costs of production, while CCS staff members operate the printers.

“We are thankful for being able to partner with Dr. Connelly and Cumberland County Schools to help produce protective masks for our police officers,” said Douglas J. Hewett, Fayetteville City Manager. “As this national pandemic continues to unfold, it’s becoming more and more important for our officers to have the proper protective equipment available to keep them safe, so they can continue to work safely during this difficult time to protect the community.”

“It is always encouraging to see a community come together during challenging times,” said Fayetteville Police Chief Gina V. Hawkins. “The men and women of the FPD want to thank Dr. Connelly and the Cumberland County School system for this needed contribution. The masks that are being produced to assist FPD employees in keeping this community safe, are greatly appreciated. In the spirit of a ‘shared responsibility,’ we truly are stronger together.”

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Published by Angel Hoggard on April 6, 2020
        

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