This fundraiser, along with t-shirt sales and sponsorships enabled out students to earn over $2,000 to donate to our local NAMI chapter: Piedmont Tri-County NAMI. The proceeds of which will go directly back into our community to help those affected by a mental illness or disorder.
At the actual Teddy Bear Clinic, the kindergarten students brought a Teddy Bear that had to be checked into the clinic, sent through an x-ray machine for a diagnosis, have vital signs taken by a nurse, have surgery performed by a “real” surgeon dressed in proper PPE and then receive medication (smarties) from the pharmacy. At the end, all of the students received a coloring book created by the HOSA students to help reinforce the ideas learned during the field trip experience.
Our hope is that the kindergarten students learned about how the body works and that healthcare professionals are here to help and not hurt. It was a successful day with very positive feedback from the Kindergarten teachers and students.