The Ashdown High School Skills USA Teddy Bear Clinic was held on April 18th at Ashdown Elementary School for the first grade students. The AES students either brought a teddy bear from home or were furnished a teddy bear by AHS Skills USA. AES students were led through “hospital and clinic stations”, beginning with check in, as they would in a doctor’s clinic. The students filled out paperwork for their bears including important health information like their teddy bear’s name and date of birth (DOB). The other stations included: height and weight, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat (EENT) exam and glasses fitting, nutrition education, radiology department, and finally treatment, including injections. In each of these stations, the AES students were provided the opportunity to role play as the healthcare provider with their teddy bears.
Kaylee Silva, USA Ashdown Chapter President said, “the event was just so inspiring, because we got real experience to be a health care provider in many different areas! Both the workers and participants had a great time!"
“It was fun to see so many kids get excited and enjoy a medical clinic experience,” said Isaac Cross, Skills USA, Ashdown Chapter Vice-President.
The goal of the clinic was two fold, to provide an increased interest for the AES students in the STEM field of healthcare and to decrease anxiety about common procedures found in the hospital and clinic settings, as well as to provide leadership opportunities for the AHS Skills USA students. The AHS Skills USA Officers planned, organized and orchestrated every detail of the clinic. AHS Skills USA would like to give a special thank you to Farm Credit for financially sponsoring the event.
“This was a great experience not only for the first graders but also for our Skills USA students. The skills that our AHS students gain by participating in events like the Teddy Bear Clinic cannot be duplicated in the classroom. These students gain soft skills that will be utilized in any career path that they choose. I tell my students all the time that the skills that they are perfecting in Skills USA, like leadership, work ethic and developing a heart for serving others, will set them apart in their professional life. I expect great things from these awesome kids in the future,” said Skills Sponsor Amy Silva.
Ashdown Elementary Principal Teresa Wake said, “our high school students engaged our students in a priceless experience that they will remember for a lifetime. We appreciate the Skills Club and Mrs. Silva for this wonderful opportunity and look forward to a repeat next year!”