A Summer Health Academy sponsored by Rappahannock Community College’s Health Sciences department introduced rising seventh and eighth graders to concepts of health and basic safety in emergency situations. Seven students from the middle schools of Gloucester, King William, Lancaster, Middlesex, and Northumberland Counties came to RCC’s Kilmarnock Center, July 20-23, to learn from instructor Robin Kinsella.
“Safety and emergency preparedness are important at all times,” says RCC’s dean of health sciences, Charles Smith, “and it is never too early for children to learn these procedures.”
The Academy provided hands-on instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, basic first aid, nutrition, and other health-related topics. Instructors used low and high fidelity simulation mannequins to demonstrate emergency skills for the students to practice. In addition, participants experienced RCC’s mobile simulation ambulance, where they created simulated injuries in order to learn appropriate and effective treatments. Smith described the week as “active, energetic and full of fun learning.”
The program also resulted in American Heart Association CPR and first aid certification for all who participated. “I’m so glad that I’m certified to do CPR, and know how to save lives,” says student Nehemiah Merritt. “I had a lot of fun doing the activities at the camp.”
His mother, Lisa Merritt, adds, “The camp was an amazing educational experience for my son. On the first day of camp, Nehemiah was so surprised by how much he learned in one day. I’m so proud of him, and am grateful he was able to participate. Great job, RCC, for the positive impact you’re having on our youth and surrounding communities!”
A group of middle school students from several counties in RCC’s service area attended a Summer Health Academy at the Kilmarnock Center, July 20-23. Front row, left to right: Alyssa Lipscomb, King William County; Nehemiah Merritt, Gloucester County; and Joshua South, Middlesex County. Back row, left to right: Makayla Menefee, King William County; Tara Gill, Lancaster County; Brianna Siddall, Northumberland County; and Del Skelton, King William County.
A “SimBaby” instructional mannequin received practice treatment from area middle school students at RCC’s Summer Health Academy. Seated, left to right: Alyssa Lipscomb, Makayla Menefee, and Joshua South. Standing: Nehemiah Merritt.
Middle school students attending a Summer Health Academy at RCC’s Kilmarnock Center were allowed to experiment with the equipment in the college’s mobile simulation ambulance. Left to right: Makayla Menefee, Joshua South, paramedic Virginia Henke of Lancaster County’s EMS team, class instructor Robin Kinsella of Kinsella Paramedical Services, Nehemiah Merritt, Alyssa Lipscomb, Del Skelton, and Brianna Siddall.