Harlem Instructor Takes Initiative To Aid Healthcare Workers Amid The COVID-19 Crisis

Douglas Dukeman, a 7th-grade science teacher at KIPP: Infinity Middle School in Harlem, NY, has been taking inventory of most of KIPP’s 15 elementary and middle schools in the city. Already, he has sent 100-plus bottles of hand sanitizer, 90 packs of Lysol wipes, 30 boxes of latex gloves and 175-plus pairs of lab goggles to local hospitals. And he’s getting his online teaching going, talking with parents and students.

Dukeman is active in healthcare issues in his Harlem community, serving on several boards. He knew this crisis would require an all-hands-on-deck approach, no matter how busy he was as a teacher.

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“This is happening. We have to do something,” he said. “If we’re not going to be in school, there are all these supplies that are needed that are just sitting there in an empty public school building. What better thing to do than to donate these to the public hospitals?”

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As Mr. Dukeman said, “We have to do something,” Harlem World Magazine encourages others to do the same and help their local community from Harlem to Hollis.

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