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Technology Inspires Student’s Philanthropic Project

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Arrowhead Elementary School Class of 2020 sixth grade graduate James-Henry Parkinson has been combining his love of technology with a desire to give back to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Boy Scout and budding philanthropist has been using his 3D printer to print face shields for nurses, doctors, EMT workers, the New York City Fire Department, New York Police Department officers and others since March, a project that was inspired by his uncle who is a Long Island nurse and was in need of PPE.

For several months, JP, as he is often called, printed face shields around the clock, waking up in the middle of the night to switch prints. He began by testing different prototypes and eventually settled on one that took about three hours to make each shield. Once printed, JP and his nine-year-old brother, John, assembled each face shield by adding foam (for comfort), a headband and Velcro, and attached a plastic transparency sheet to each one.

JP funded the project largely through his own resources, but was grateful to receive some donations from family and friends along the way. To date, JP has shipped face shields all over the country – New Jersey, New York, Ohio and even South Dakota. Nurses and doctors in several New York hospitals are using them – Good Samaritan, Long Island Jewish, Mather, New York-Presbyterian, North Shore Manhasset, Peconic and Stony Brook.

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