Students reach out to help others

Canadian Valley Technology Center students enrolled in Biomedical Sciences are also officers for the Health Occupations Students of America chapter at the Dr. Earl Cowan Campus south of Yukon. The students are collecting items needed at Bethany Children’s Center. Pictured (from left) are Amy Ferguson, Yukon, Jessica Adams, Mustang, Ashley Escobar, Home School-Calumet, Megan Gorrell, Mustang, Chance Hernandez, Yukon. (Photo/courtesy)

Student officers at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Dr. Earl Cowan Campus are not content to just hold an office.

The five students elected to offices in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) this school year are collecting items needed at Bethany Children’s Center.

“There is no requirement for community involvement (by HOSA officers), so we decided to do something on our own to help kids,” said Chance Hernandez, a Yukon High School junior who is enrolled in Biomedical Sciences at CV Tech.

The Children’s Center provides long-term rehabilitative care to children with complex medical needs and rehab for children in short-term rehab who have experienced brain or spinal cord injuries.

Through March 7, the Cowan Campus officers are collecting items that range from non-nylon bristle hairbrushes to youth and adult socks.

“We’re not collecting money,” Hernandez said. “These children need specific things, and we’re going to do our best to collect as many of them as we can.”

Collection tubs have been placed inside the front entrance of the campus, 1701 S. Czech Hall Road (2 miles south of Interstate 40 on Czech Hall Road). Name brand items are requested, because children are used to them, Hernandez said.

Other items requested include:

  • Diapers (Pampers or Huggies only)
  • Pampers sensitive baby wipes
  • Burt’s Bees lip balm
  • Selsun Blue shampoo
  • Arm & Hammer deodorant
  • Kleenex
  • Neosporin Plus
  • Jersey cotton clothing (4T-adult small)
  • Pants with elastic waistbands
  • Pull-over shirts, short and long-sleeve (boys and girls)
  • Rubber-soled shoes or sneakers
  • Backpacks (toddler and teen sizes)
  • CDs (pop, instrumental, lullabies or kid’s music)
  • Audio books on CD (toddler through teen)
  • Batteries (AA, C, D, 9V)
  • Flash/zip drives
  • White washcloths and bath towels
  • Black foam board
  • Postage stamps