Allentown, PA (May 17, 2016) On Thursday, May 19, the Raub/Allen Health Careers Club will celebrate a year of healthcare experiences with a gathering at the Rose Garden Pavilion (#2) beginning at 3:15 p.m. Club members will learn about and use the Life Fitness Trail, then regroup at 3:45 p.m. at the pavilion. As part of the celebration, the group of nearly 25 student members will be joined by members of the Lehigh County Medical Society (co-sponsors of the club); Allentown Health Bureau Dieticians; as well as ASD administrators.
The Club focuses on educating Raub Middle School and William Allen High School students who are interested in the healthcare field on the professions and jobs in healthcare, as well as the educational requirements to achieve their goals. Currently, there are approximately 25 Raub and Allen students who met weekly since the end of October and once a month (on a Saturday morning) at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown for a special program.
Throughout the year, students have become certified in CPR, Oxygen and Epipen administration. In May, members enjoyed an informational and inspiring visit to the St. Luke’s Surgical Training Center. They have also visited Hospitals, St Lukes Temple Medical School, local colleges and a Veterinary Hospital to name a few. They have listened to speakers at their meetings from such programs as Lehigh Valley Hospital Concussion Program, Miller Keystone Blood Center and the Da Vinci Science Center. A secondary goal of the club is personal wellness. Students have met with Dieticians at the Allentown Health Bureau and participated in a de-stress and yoga session given by the DeSales Psychology Club.
The Club, led by Raub Middle School Nurse Karen Goldner, MEd School Health, BSN, RN, and William Allen Health and Physical Education Teacher Kate Long, have successfully mentored students over the past two years resulting in two senior club members admitted to college last year for Pre-Med, and two additional senior club members pursuing Pre-Med in the fall.
About Allentown School District
ASD serves more than 16,000 students in a network of 22 early childhood, elementary, middle and high schools located throughout the City of Allentown, PA. The Allentown School District is the third largest urban school district out of 500 districts in the Commonwealth. A shared vision of the community, parents, guardians, staff and faculty focuses on “Empowering Students for Life,” providing ASD students with the skills and academics they need to realize their aspirations whether they be college, career or technical focus. ASD goals are aligned and compatible with the Pathways to Success Framework while providing a balanced education to all students. Allentown School District employs approximately 2,200 teachers, staff and administrators. The District, founded in 1866 and celebrating its Sesquicentennial throughout 2015-2016, serves students from 43 countries speaking 26 languages with nearly 90 percent of households qualifying as low income. ASD is committed to providing safe learning environments in which all students have equal access to education programs and resources.
Information provided by:
Kimberly Golden Benner
Director of Communications
Allentown School District