Protective gear, take-out meals and educational resources


UMass Lowell Students at the university’s 3D printing club have donated hundreds of items of protective gear – including masks, face shields and “ear savers” – to COVID-19 first responders. With the use of 3D printers, Molly Teece, major in plastics engineering at Methuen and David Barry from Amherst, NH, with Ethan Chen, a major in biomedical engineering from Nashua, led the project. The initiative started in March, but has now grown into a 24/7 operation that donated to Mass. General Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua, Lowell General Hospital, and Children’s Hospital in Boston.

In an effort to welcome potential students and their families, Middlesex Community College’s admissions and recruiting office is offering virtual webinars. These webinars will answer questions related to the community college experience, the registration process, and the resources, services and opportunities available to students. The college has campuses at Bedford and Lowell, but there are many courses available online. For more information and to register for a virtual session, visit


The North Easton Savings Bank donated 2,000 masks each to Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth. The bank was one of 15 banks and credit unions in the region that teamed up to donate a total of 50,000 masks to healthcare organizations.

Norwood Public schools introduced a new food program to serve more than 400 families. The program will provide free take-out meals to families in Norwood with students in the public school system, homeschooled students, or families from other schools with children under the age of 18. The program will run throughout June. Families are invited to complete a Google Form indicate their request for take-out dinners. All meal requests must be submitted by 10 a.m. on Tuesdays during the months of May and June. Meals can be picked up from any elementary school in the community on Wednesdays.


Newton Wellesley The hospital received unique thank you gifts from members of the Clever Hand Gallery, a cooperative of craftspeople in Wellesley Square. The artists donated dozens of craft items to hospital staff. On May 4, Clever Hand potters Reme Gold and Ann Schunior presented Newton-Wellesley internist Dr Liza Meyerhardt with jewelry, glass, pottery and more.

The Concorde The museum has developed new online curriculum-based resources for K-12 teachers. Elementary students can now take virtual field trips and do hands-on social studies activities at home. As part of its National Humanities Endowment Grant to Learn More About Henry David Thoreau, the museum offers more than 100 lesson plans in English, Literature, History, and Social Studies. Visit the Teacher Resources page to learn more and access lessons:

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