Four interns from Cleveland Chiropractic College recently visited with students at Shawnee Church of the Nazarene’s Adventure Time Preschool. Emma Veyna, Shelby McDaniel, Heather Zach and Jeff Setter traveled to the school to share information about the skeletal system with the group of 5-year-olds. Their presentation was a hit with the children, as was the special “guest” who made the trip with them.
Linda Gerdes, community outreach representative for the College, accompanied the group to the school. She said the reason for the visit was twofold.
“The purpose for the event was to help educate the children on the skeletal system, but it’s also a great way to promote our Health Center in the community in a fun and creative way for our interns,” Gerdes said.
Also making the trip with the interns was “Mr. Bones,” a full-body skeleton used by the interns for demonstrative purposes. Gerdes said the learning tool was extremely well received as Mr. Bones prompted many good questions from the children. Moreover, the group enjoyed the skeleton craft project that the interns shared with them.
Although the visit was a learning experience for the kids, it was also beneficial for the interns.
“Some of our interns shy away from public speaking and my goal is to prepare them, as they will all be doing public speaking in their practice,” Gerdes said. “I can teach them in the classroom how to give a presentation, but there’s nothing more important than getting the actual experience of going out and presenting public health talks.”
In that way, it was a learning experience for children and intern alike.