February 2015 is going to be a busy month at West Virginia Junior College-Charleston! As a new campus initiative, each academic program is responsible for planning one month of activities for students to get involved with on campus. The Medical program is setting the bar high with a full schedule of fundraisers, drives and community service work.
Among the events planned are several fundraisers for the American Heart Association.
“Because February is National Heart Month it seems appropriate to raise awareness and funds for the American Heart Association,” stated Medical Chair, Cindy Campbell.
Medical Assisting students are hosting a chili cook-off, weekly health fairs focusing on nutrition, several drawings for handmade items, personalized heartbeat valentines utilizing EKGs, a cereal drive and they also volunteered with Manna Meal, Inc. in downtown Charleston.
Their hope is to raise awareness and give back to the community. Cindy Campbell is very proud of her students for participating and for organizing the volunteer project with Manna Meal.
“The students came to me and asked about their idea of volunteering,” said Campbell, “It’s a great opportunity for community service!”
To kick off heart month WVJC medical students served lunch at Manna Meal, Inc. from 11:30am to 1:00 pm on February 5. Students met and served lunch to anyone coming through the doors of the facility. The independent nonprofit organization has served over 2.6 million meals in the last 39 years and is always seeking donations. The whole month of February the Medical program is hosting a cereal drive. Cereal that is collected will be donated to the organization.
Aside from donations and community service, the events to take place on campus utilize the medical students’ knowledge and skills to help students not in the healthcare field understand be proactive about their heart health. This is why weekly health fairs in the medical lab are going to focus on healthy eating habits.
With a full schedule of events taking place in February, both on and off campus, there is plenty of activities for students to get involved in. West Virginia Junior College- Charleston will continue monthly events planned by the Dental, Information Technology, Legal and Business programs for the remainder of 2015.