Giving Back and Making a Difference

Columbus Regional Healthcare

Columbus Regional Healthcare

I got to take part in one of Columbus Regional’s outreach programs this week. Columbus Regional is involved in many programs, but this week I learned about their connection to Clubview Elementary.

Principal Lorrie Watt and I

Principal Lorrie Watt and I

Clubview is CR’s Partner in Education, and in this partnership management and employees from Columbus Regional support activities and events throughout the year. Columbus Regional is active in a monthly Amazing Ambassadors award breakfast, monthly Wonderful Wednesday education program, Participation in Career Day, and other various involvements at the school. Clubview students also partake in hospital events such as performing at the annual Reindeer Run and Tree of Light Ceremony.

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Students at Clubview enjoying their recognition and breakfast!

Jessica Word helping to give out the breakfast to students and their families.

Jessica Word helping to give out the breakfast to students and their families.

We got to attend the Amazing Ambassadors recognition breakfast. We received donations from Pezold Management for McDonalds biscuits and orange juice; the kids loved it! After their principal, Lorrie Watt, read their Amazing Ambassador awards, Jessica Word and I handed them awards from Columbus Regional as well. It was great to see the children so excited and proud of their accomplishments. The cafeteria was crowded adoring parents, there to honor their children. There were many pictures and smiles that morning.

One of the students I taught English in Mexico.

One of the students I taught English in Mexico.

In addition to being rewarded with the children’s happiness, I was talking with Principal Watt and an opportunity opened up for me. Principal Watt & I discussed me coming back and helping with the children in the Spanish class.

A group of children I got to work closely with.

A group of children I got to work closely with.

I am a Spanish minor and I recently went to Mexico on a study abroad trip. While I was there, some of us volunteered at a school to teach the children English. It was such an amazing experience for me, so the opportunity to create awareness and involvement is extraordinary. These children go without so much and are so often forgotten about. Once a year when CSU comes to visit, we’re the only group that comes to work with them…once a year, for four weeks.

Principal Watt mentioned me doing a presentation to go on their school news station, and I proposed creating pen pals for the classes. There is so much that can come from such a simple connection, and I am eager to see where it will lead.

CSU students busy teaching.

CSU students busy teaching.

CSU students helping children to read.

CSU students helping children to read.

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