District schools donate protective goggles to local hospital

‘The Grandville Way’

Biology teacher Libbi Ungrey, right, and Danielle Light from Metro Health with the donated goggles

When Metro Health Hospital did not get a shipment of supplies that was supposed to include protective eyewear, a community member reached out to Grandville Public Schools Superintendent Roger Bearup.

Donating to the cause seemed like the natural next step for the district, which is closed through the end of the school year after an executive order aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.

“Our healthcare providers are true heroes, and are doing anything they can to help us,” Bearup said. “They asked for help and we did not hesitate as we care about their safety, anything we can do to help. It is the Grandville way.”

After seeing other schools across the state had donated supplies of goggles to local hospitals, 219 pairs of protective eyewear were gathered from the high school science classrooms for donation.

“Our superintendent called me and then I reached out to our science department and within minutes, I had teachers meeting me at the school to collect the goggles,” Principal Adam Lancto said.

Libbi Ungrey, a biology teacher at Grandville High School and her son, Max Ungrey, a sophomore, helped load the goggles into a Metro Health representative’s car to take to the hospital. Gloves also were donated.

Many parents and alumni work in the medical field, so supporting them through donations is another way to support the community, Lancto said.

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Hannah Lentz
A 2017 graduate of Grand Valley State University and a lifelong teacher’s kid, Hannah Lentz has worked as a journalist in and outside the Grand Rapids area for more than five years. After serving as editor-in-chief at the GVSU student newspaper, Hannah interned at the Leelanau Enterprise where she learned a lot about community journalism. In addition to her work for School News Network, Hannah has worked as a freelance blogger in the furniture industry, focusing on design trends, and as a social media manager for World Medical Relief in Detroit. Read Hannah's full bio or email Hannah.

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