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Mayor and Police Superintendent are Special Guests at Upper Darby Campus

“Harris Day” celebrates the courage and determination of the students who attend the Harris School of Business

medical assistant training, dental assistant trainingThe intersection of 69th and Ludlow, in Upper Darby, PA is always lively with commuters, shoppers, school children, vendors, and all sorts of activity. It is just one block from the 69th Street Transportation Center, where thousands of commuters come through every day, and it features the Tower Theater and many retail stores. The Harris School of Business, located at that same intersection, is proud to be a part of this community. 

On May 20, students from the Harris School of Business joined the outdoor crowds to take part in “Harris Day.” Harris Day was a day to celebrate and be proud of the courage and determination it takes to enroll in career training school. As part of this special recognition day, the students set up tables on the sidewalk and reached out to community members to spread the word about healthy lifestyles. The day ended with words of encouragement from two major leaders of the Upper Darby community: Upper Darby’s Mayor Thomas Micozzie and Superintendent of Police Michael Chitwood, as well as a visit from State Representative Margo Davidson.

Students offer free vitals measurement to community members

The day began with students and staff setting up tables outside of the school. Students from the Medical Assistant program then introduced themselves to passers-by and offered to measure their vital signs. As part of these services, community members could have their blood pressure screened to help identify any early warning signs of a health problem. Students shared with them the importance of regular doctors’ visits and other healthy lifestyles tips.

At the next table, students from the Dental Assistant program handed out dental packets which included free toothbrushes, dental floss, mouthwash, toothpaste, and small rubber duck toys for children. They spoke with community residents about the importance of dental hygiene, not just for your teeth, but also as part of your overall health and wellness.

These students not only helped educate the public about the importance of their health, but they also helped serve as positive ambassadors for the Harris School. The Harris School wishes to thank these students for stepping up and volunteering to help.

Medical Assistant Volunteers: Paige Graham, Shannel Collins, Darlene Byrd, and April Campbell

Dental Assistant Volunteers: Jo’Wan Williams, Barry Foster, and Jices Stokes

In addition to the outdoor tables, the Career Services department made sure that every student in the school received a small gift bag. The Career Services department wanted to remind students that they are there for them, and can help them as they begin to develop their new career paths.

Guest Speakers Deliver Praise and Encouragement

After being treated to lunch, the students had the opportunity to meet the special guests of the day. Upper Darby Mayor Thomas Micozzie and Superintendent of Police Michael Chitwood both participated, and spoke with students about the importance of setting goals, taking their education and careers seriously, and striving to be successful in their lives.

With photographers from the Philadelphia Tribune and camera crews from Channel 6 Action News there to capture the event, Mr. Micozzie and Mr. Chitwood both drew attention to the “D-mod” students—those students who have successfully completed their classes and are getting ready to go out on their externships. They congratulated them on a job well done, for sticking with their studies, and for being so close to completing their program at Harris. It was an afternoon that students will remember for many years to come.

Another special visitor was House Representative Margo Davidson, who was able to stop by the event to see Harris students in action. The Harris School of Business wishes to extend its gratitude toward Mr. Micozie, Mr. Chitwood, and Ms. Davidson for their support and enthusiasm for the hard work that Harris students are doing. In addition, the Harris School wishes all the students from the Upper Darby campus the best as they pursue their career goals with us.

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