The Harris School provides more than just career training. The school emphasizes the importance of giving back.
Students at the Dover campus of the Harris School of Business have a lot of heart. To begin with, all of the students have chosen to pursue career paths in the helping professions—such as professional medical assistant, surgical technician, massage therapist, and health claims specialist. Choosing a career in these professions requires compassion for patients and an understanding of their health concerns and needs.
On top of their career training in the helping professions, the students at the Dover campus consistently show that they care about those in need. And sometimes those in need are the people that you see every day. Many of the students at the Harris School have come here in order to better their lives and prepare for a stable career, but until they secure that first job, they may be struggling financially. Many of them have small children they are supporting while in school.
It is for this reason that the students and staff decided to hold a winter clothing drive as the colder months are approaching. By pulling together their resources, they have managed to collect a good assortment of children’s winter coats and other winter clothing. These items are available to their fellow students who may have children who have outgrown their clothes from the previous year.
In addition to the winter clothing drive, the students and staff also regularly contribute to a food shelf, where students who are struggling financially can take food home to help get through difficult times. Any student who is interested in participating in the food or clothing drive, or in receiving the donated items, should contact Nikole Schriefer, associate school director.
Students and staff also participated in other community events earlier in the year. For example, this past September, students and staff gathered together to recognize the events of September 11, 2001. The school held a moment of silence in remembrance of those who were affected by the tragedies that day, as well as the servicemen and servicewomen who serve in our country’s military today.
In October, students observed breast cancer awareness month. They learned about this disease and how it affects the lives of its victims and their family members. Students were allowed to “wear pink” instead of their scrubs this month, to help promote breast cancer awareness.
Community events are already in motion for the spring season as well. For the past few years, the campus has been participating in raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation events. The campus looks forward to participating this spring in one of the foundations head-shaving events. More information about this event will be posted in the spring.
Until then, the Harris Schools wishes to thank the students and staff of the Dover campus for their generosity and genuine concern for the needs of others.