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 Center Line High School donated medical supplies from its emergency medical technician class to St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac.

Center Line High School donated medical supplies from its emergency medical technician class to St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac.

Photo provided by Andrea Szabo


Warren, Center Line schools donate supplies to hospitals

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published March 31, 2020

"I really was struggling with the thought that someone could be impacted by this virus due to the lack of supplies at hospitals when we had access to them at school.”

Andrea Szabo, Center Line High School Principal

WARREN/CENTER LINE — The doctors, nurses and medical personnel at local hospitals taking care of COVID-19 patients will now have more supplies thanks to a recent donation from local school districts.

A common concern at hospitals is that there is not enough supplies available to treat patients stricken with COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. That prompted local school officials to give medical supplies that otherwise would have been used by students in various vocational programs. 

Since the students are not in school now, due to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s shelter-in-place order, school officials decided to put the supplies to good use. 

Schools making donations included those that make up the Southwest Macomb Technical Education Consortium, or SMTEC. SMTEC is a partnership among the Center Line, Fitzgerald, Van Dyke and Warren Woods school districts that provides career technical education to students.

Fitzgerald Public Schools donated goggles, gloves, shoe covers, hairnets, masks and hospital gowns from its physical therapy and pharmacy tech programs. The items were given to the Macomb Intermediate School District to be distributed to local medical facilities.

Van Dyke Public Schools also sent some gloves and masks from Lincoln High School to the MISD. Warren Woods Public Schools donated nursing assistant and medical assistant supplies to a local Ascension St. John Hospital. Center Line Public Schools also made supplies available. 

“After seeing post after post on social media of friends, family members and strangers desperate for medical supplies and personal protection equipment, I felt that keeping these supplies at school while we are in shutdown was a waste,” Center Line High School Principal Andrea Szabo said in an email. “I reached out to Superintendent Eve Kaltz, (Chief Financial Officer) Charlie Roddis and our SMTEC Director Steven Kay to ask about the possibility of making such a donation. I really was struggling with the thought that someone could be impacted by this virus due to the lack of supplies at hospitals when we had access to them at school.”

Kaltz has a neighbor who works at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, where supplies from the high school’s emergency medical technician class were donated. According to Kaltz, the medical facility was short on supplies.

Center Line donated 20 personal protection gowns, over 100 N95 masks, two face shields, 72 pairs of goggles, 22 medical shields and 30 boxes of gloves. Kaltz and Roddis — while practicing social distancing — helped Szabo gather the items, take inventory of the donations and box them up for delivery.