Students using classroom knowledge to help community

Students at the South Bend Career Academy have plans to use their medical field knowledge to reach out and help the community.

“The students in my class get a taste of the medical field and what’s out there,” said Principles of BioMedical Science Teacher Theresa Godette.        
All school year long the students have worked to organize a Health Fair for the community. Through what they have learned in class, they have created health fair demonstration boards and exercises to show and tell attendees about healthy living.

Topics of discussion at the Health Fair will consist of dental care, pet safety, diabetes prevention, and more.

“I hope to enlighten people and make sure they get resources because that’s our biggest goal because have been working really hard all year for that,” said Health Fair Coordinator and Graduating Junior Shawna Marks.

This is the second year for the event and this year they have close to 50 vendors signed up to attend. At the event, there will be free Zumba classes, free health screenings, and a blood drive.

“We basically want to encourage our students to get out there in the community and help their community members,” said Caleb Smith who is a Health Fair Coordinator.

The Health Fair is completely student run and organized. Students have also fundraised and done marketing campaigns to get vendors on board.

Smith was involved in the project last year and has become so passionate about it, that he has plans to turn the Health Fair into a non-profit this summer.

The Health Fair will be held Friday the 27th from noon until 4 p.m. at the Success Academy.

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