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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-09-2020

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For the hundreds of teachers and administrators statewide now trying to adapt to the measures in place due to the coronavirus, "teach from home during worldwide pandemic" wasn't part of the job description. That hasn't stopped educators from stepping up to keep students learn- ing during the crisis, even if the effort has been what North Smithfield High School Math Department Chairman Thomas Yeaw called "a learning pro- cess for everyone involved." "It's stressful for the teachers as well just from what I've heard from col- leagues and that," he said. "The work is different, kind of out of the norm, so we're trying to figure out what works best for us and our students." Like other parents, many teachers are dealing with the difficulties of working from home. Karen Bodden, English Department chairwoman at NSHS, is sharing a computer with her 9-year-old and looking after her 2-year-old even as she tries to post assignments and check emails. For teachers, adapting to distance learning is like heading back to school By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com ON THE FRONT LINES Clockwise from top left, KAREN BODDEN, North Smithfield High School, pictured with her son, HUDSON; THOMAS YEAW, North Smithfield High School; ALAINA CHARETTE, Citizens Memorial Elementary School; and HEATHER NEIL and JESSICA DONATO, Woonsocket Education Department, are among the educators who've responded to the need to keep students learning during the COVID-19 crisis. WOONSOCKET – A family- owned printing company has answered the call for medical sup- plies and is using its equipment to mass-produce face shields for local hospitals. This time of year, Sheahan Printing, a third-generation-owned company on Front Street, is typically preparing to print marketing materi- als for the PawSox and commence- ment books for local graduations. With many of these events on hold, said Vice President Kevin Sheahan, the company had started laying off some employees due to slowing operations. Then, three weeks ago, Landmark Medical Center called asking if they could 3D print face shields for the hospital's employees. Along with masks, gloves and gowns, face shields are among the personal protective Printing company making 20,000 face shields for local hospitals By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer Editor's note: I went to my local branch of the Rhode Island Blood Center last Thursday not knowing what to expect. I'd been wanting to do more to help those around me during the COVID-19 pandemic. I wasn't originally intending to write about it, but I changed my mind after learning so much about the process and why the need for a steady supply of available blood is so critical. Hopefully my first experience donating locally will inspire someone else to also join in the effort. WOONSOCKET – Stockpiling blood is a critical component of emergency preparedness efforts, say representatives for the Rhode Island Blood Center, who are call- ing on healthy blood and platelet donors to help strengthen the region's blood supply by making Not sure how to help? Donate at R.I. Blood Center By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See LEARNING, Page 8 See DONATE, Page 6 See SHIELDS, Page 7 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 9-15, 2020 Old FashiOned CheeseCakes Golobki • PieroGis sPecialty easter kielbasas Polish hams bread & Pastry imPorted Gourmet chocolates & candy Unique Gift Ideas 855 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 401-765-4600 679 Washington Street, South Attleboro, MA 508-399-5385 Visit us on Deli Bakery Smokehouse Open fOr Take-OuT Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? Anthony Taraborelli, LICSW, CDP • Short term counseling • Unresolved Grief • Anxiety, depression • SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING • Anger Management • Saturday Hours and Evenings Children • Adults • Couples • Families Most Insurances Accepted Now Accepting Medicare NEW ADDRESS 191 Social Street Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-829-8838 At Hear For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Our services include: • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI www.hearforyouri.com • 401-475-6116 Call today to schedule your appointment AND... Ask about our Interest Free Financing! I think you need a hearing test! Why do I need a hairy chest?

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