Longtime Friends Build Safety Shields For Local Schools

Students returning to the classroom will find changes in place.

Posted: Aug 11, 2020 9:17 PM

Within the last week, longtime friends Chuck Parr and David Brown of Mount Carmel decided to put their skills to use.

"He put an ad on Facebook and I answered him," says David Brown, making shields. "We came down here and started building a few of them."

Spending a little extra time each day measuring, cutting, and smoothing down the pieces.

"It's pretty simple," says Chuck Parr, making shields. "It's just a piece of plexi glass that you cut down for dividers and sits on the desk and protects kids. It's kind of the icing on the cake as I was told- to shield them if they cough or sneeze or anything like that."

Their first night, the guys say they made 30 shields in three hours.

"They basically support themselves as far as standing," says Brown. "It's a pretty simple design. We just kind of looked at some other stuff and put them together."

They say local teachers were concerned and needing extra safety supplies.

The pair working with local school officials and donating all the DIY shields.

"I just think it's a better piece of mind," says Brown. "It defintely keeps germs from spreading as far as wearing a masks and that. I think that's all we can do at this point."

Dads of young children themselves, the two say they can make eight shields for the cost of one.

A simple contribution in a time of much uncertainty.

"It saves the school, it keeps kids safe," says Parr. "No matter what side you're on in this discussion there is a need for it. Kids need to get back to school and parents need to get back to work so we're glad to help."

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