In June our Sanford Health of Fargo partners joined us in welcoming high school students from rural North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota to HOPE Camp. This year we added another day that would allow us to incorporate even MORE exposure to health careers. Our days were long and busy, but packed with great information and hands-on activities.

Many of the Great Health Care Adventures that I post involve my pre-k through grade 6 adventure pals. This time of year I'm also right smack in the middle of preparing for an adventure geared toward high school students. Last summer, for the first time ever, the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences partnered with Sanford Health of Fargo to offer an overnight health careers camp. Susie Munyer from Sanford is my camp co-director.

This is our College's fifth year partnering with Madison Elementary School. I was approached during a meeting about the Great Health Care Adventure after school program last fall about broadening our relationship. In November we began a lunchtime mentorship program between Madison Students and faculty, staff, and students in the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences.

Last week the Great Health Care Adventure Series at the NDSU Center for Child Development wrapped up for the semester. What a great four weeks! There's nothing more fun than kicking of a Tuesday morning with inquisitive toddlers and preschoolers. My ambassadors and I had a wonderful time!

Yesterday I confirmed my participation in a Health Careers Fest (it HAS to be fun with the word "fest" in it) in Detroit Lakes next month.

Today approximately 100 8th graders from Detroit Lakes visited campus. We, at the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, & Allied Sciences, were lucky to have been invited by the Office of Admission to meet with them. We were only one of two colleges. The group was divided in two. While I met with half of the group, the College of Engineering met with the other. After an hour we swapped groups and went through our presentations again.

This February the Great Health Care Adventure is returning to the NDSU Center for Child Development. We were there two years ago and we're excited to go back! We will be holding Great Health Care Adventure sessions in the toddler room and the preschool. Our hope is to cap off our Tuesday morning sessions with a field trip to Sanford's AirMed hanger north of campus to show the children a variety of emergency response vehicles including the helicopter, jet, and an ambulance!

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The requests for Great Health Care Adventures for this academic year are piling up! The puppets and I are excited to hit the road!

October 23:

The Academy for Children (2 sessions) in Fargo, ND

November 20:

Ellendale Public Schools (grades 5, 6, 8, and 11)

January 21:

Central Valley School in Buxton, ND (grades 4, 6, and high school advanced biology)

February 4, 11, 18, and 25:

NDSU Childcare Center (toddler room and pre-school room)

April 14-17:

Dickinson, ND Pre-School, South Heart P