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High school health-related program donates PPE supplies to IU Health West Hospital

Ben Davis High School has a robust health-related curriculum that has allowed it to donate supplies to IU Health West Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Ben Davis High School has a robust health-related curriculum.

“Pharmacy Tech, EMT, Health Science, Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Engineering Tech Ed department,” said Assistant Principal Ben Davis High school and Assistant Director of Area 31 Career Center Tim Pratt.

But walking into the classrooms of the Area 31 Career Center, the dispensers which once housed PPE supplies are empty.

“It had gowns and gloves stocked in there,” said Pratt.

Ben Davis Area 31 Career Center (WTHR/Sarah Jones)

“We took everything off our shelves to make sure it gets to where it needs,” he said.

The Wayne Township School said they saw this pandemic as an opportunity to help their neighbors.

“As we learn more about COVID-19 and the effect that it’s having, we’re seeing more and more cases being identified, and we know that our hospitals are struggling. This was just a great opportunity for us to gather the supplies that we had available that we could share with our local hospitals,” said Superintendent of Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township Dr. Jeff Butts.

They PPE supplies are being donated to the IU Health West Hospital supply chain.

“The partnership that we’ve had with IU West has gone further that just sponsoring the field turf that we have on our football field,” said Dr. Butts. "They have actually taken our students; they have provided them with opportunities at the hospital. They have helped them prepare for their examinations. They have given them opportunities to work directly with IU West Staff."

The school was able to gather “gloves, masks, some N95 masks, respirators even from our collision repair program, gowns, re-sanitation wipes, even incubation tubes,” said Pratt. "The majority is brand new that was in stock. We did still gather cases of gloves that had been opened and we’ll let IU use their discretion."

The superintendent said this is just another opportunity to come together and give and care for their neighbors.