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SCCC students spur effort to distribute masks to first responders

5/1/2020 8:37:48 PM

A female and male student stand in front of the Library Science Building.Two Sussex County Community College students, who are part of the College's Entrepreneurial initiative on campus, are taking their lessons learned to another level. Their efforts will ultimately help hundreds of first responders. 

Lillian Kornmeyer and Scott Raghubir, both of whom work in the College's Campus Store, participated in a call to come up with a plan to get N95 masks into the hands of first responders and to Atlantic Health Systems (at Newton Hospital) workers. The students are asking for donors to help support this fundraiser through the College's Foundation.

The students have been working with Ketan Gandhi, Executive Vice President of Administrative Services and CFO at Sussex, and Anita Collins, Faculty Advisor for the Entrepreneurial program, on the project since late April. 

"This project which involves our student Campus store workers is an effort to include students in a way to increase their entrepreneurial skills," said Gandhi. "That is how the campus Store originally came about and this project specifically is a way to help the community and also raise funds for the Foundation."

The masks, which are being purchased, will be delivered to first responders and hospital workers in the county on behalf of the College and the donors to the program. Masks and a "Thank You Heroes" bracelet, designed by Korymeyer and Raghubir, will be distributed to first responders.

Ultimately the hope is that 1000 N95 masks will be distributed, along with hundreds of bracelets. 

"I am very proud to be involved with this project because I know that I am doing my part to be safe and help other people to be safe," said Kornmeyer, chemistry and biology major who will be a sophomore in the fall. "I feel that this project is important to me because I have many high-risk friends and family members that I would be lost without and I want to be able to help."

"The world is in need of dire help right now," added Raghubir, a software engineer major who manages the Campus Store and is also the Student Government Association Vice President at Sussex. "My colleagues and I are doing our part to help out as much as we can. No one was prepared for this, so it is important to us to help those in need, those on the front lines who fight to end this pandemic." 

Anita Collins, who also teaches graphic design and fashion at the College, feels that this is a great chance for these students to put their lessons to work in a big way.

"This program is a win-win-win for all," she said. "With the Entrepreneur Initiative, students are honing their business and innovation skills to bring much-needed products to our community. Profits raised from the sale of these products will be used to assist Sussex students impacted by COVID-19. It's allowing them to apply the knowledge gained in class and to collaborate with local business leaders. It's a great way to help the community and build real-world experience."

All donations will go to support the project and the Foundation under a special fund for students at the College who are impacted by COVID 19. 

Donations can be made online through the Campus Store at 

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With many families dealing with financial constraints, students can still get an affordable, quality education starting at Sussex. Visit sussex.edu for more information. 

Pictured: Lillian Kornmeyer and Scott Raghubir stand outside the Library Science Building at the College.