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Physical Therapist Assistant Students Make Good on Community Service Promise
2/20/18




Baked goods for a good cause!



Time to put the brown bag lunches together for TASK.

David White measures blood pressure on Breanna Santini, a women's cross country runner who had just completed a five-mile workout. White and Nicolette Scorsone alternated between taking vital signs and observing each other in action.

West Windsor, N.J. – Students in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Club fanned out across Mercer County Commmunity College's (MCCC's) West Windsor Campus last week to make good on their pledge of community service.

In the first of a two-part project to benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), club members raised $100 during a lunchtime bake sale on Tuesday.

Then they purchased food items and compiled 76 brown bag lunches for TASK clients on Thursday, which they dropped off in Trenton. Each bag contained a beverage, an applesauce, cookies, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and a napkin. (People who get a hot dinner meal at TASK were provided with the lunch for the next day.)

Meanwhile across campus, PTAs were on another healthy mission in the PE Building. Students David White and Nicolette Scorsone took vital signs including blood pressures, heart rates and oxygen saturation levels on more than a dozen students and staff coming and going from their workouts. They also spent time educating their "patients" about normal values and how levels and numbers change during and after exercise.

White and Scorsone said they decided to carry out a project that would both inform and educate. "This is hands-on and we get a chance to interact directly with people. It's good practice for us and hopefully our measurements gave people more information about their health," Scorsone said.

According to Club Advisor Holly Kaiser, a member of MCCC's PTA faculty, students plan and coordinate all aspects of their service projects. "This is part of their education that takes place outside the classroom. It's about giving back and making a difference in the community. We hope that message will last long after their time at Mercer," Kaiser said.


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