Students at the Dover campus experience the warmth of the giving season
When you think about career training, your probably think that students spend their entire time learning how to do their new career skills. And for the most part, you are correct. At the Harris School in Dover, Delaware, students participate in hands-on training every day, in order to learn the skills they need to become massage therapists, medical assistants, surgical technologists, or medical billing and coding specialists (health claims specialists).
But the Harris School is more than just a job training school. The school believes it is important to provide a more rounded education, and to emphasize the importance of being a contributing member of your community. As the holiday season approaches, the staff and students at the Dover campus have been busy learning how good it feels to give to others in need.
Leading up to Thanksgiving, the staff and students participated in the “Stuff the Food Pantry” event. This event was intended to help fellow students and their family members who may be struggling during the holiday season. Unlike traditional Thanksgiving food drives, which focus only on the traditional Thanksgiving foods, this drive included other essential items, such as baby items and toiletries.
Throughout the month of November, the pantry got more and more full. Staff and students alike joined in to contribute nonperishable foods, baby food, diapers, deodorant, toothpaste, and other household items. Everyone was so generous that the pantry had to overflow into a nearby closet! Holding the donation drive showed that every little bit helps for those in need, and reminded students how important it is to support others when you can.
In addition to community events like this donation drive, the Harris School also likes to hold social events for the students, to help build a community of learners. Some of the recent social events included classroom parties to celebrate Thanksgiving, and a free “dress down” day. Another special event is the “Friends and Family Day” coming up on December 22, where students can introduce their friends or family members to the school and take them on a tour. This is a great way for students to show they are proud of their work, and also to introduce others to the school.
The Harris School is proud to be part of the Dover, Delaware community, and to be contributing to the education of adult learners preparing for careers in the field of allied health and wellness. And we are proud of our students and staff who give so generously of their time and resources when it comes to helping those in need.