This month, the students at Ross Medical Education Center in Canton made nearly 100 Valentine’s Day cards for the residents of the Crystal Creek Assisted Living home. On Friday, February 13th, the Medical Assistant class was able to go over to the facility on a field trip to personally deliver the cards to the residents. This event was one that was done last year as well, but the Medical Assistant class gave the cards to Waltonwood Senior Living Home. The campus would love to expand this project as their programs continue to expand, but for now they have to select just one facility each year.
Many organizations work hard during the holiday season to make sure that the elderly residents of homes like these are not overlooked. However, much of the time, Valentine’s Day isn’t a high priority. The Ross campus in Canton wants to let these local members of their community know that they are remembered and appreciated year round. The students loved making the cards, but even more enjoyable was the opportunity to deliver them personally to the residents. Shoshawna McPhail, the morning Medical Assistant instructor that traveled with her students to the senior home, shared about the experience, “We had a GREAT time! It was nice to see all the smiles and appreciation!”
The students were pleasantly surprised with how rewarding the experience was for not only the residents, but themselves as well! Tara Pope, Office Assistant, said, “of course, it’s always a rewarding experience visiting people that are appreciative and grateful to have someone take the time out to make cards for them.” Mary Voiles, Career Development Representative at the campus, planned this special event for the students and residents over the last year. The students deeply appreciated her willingness to spearhead this project even in the midst of her busy schedule, and they look forward to doing this annually for many years to come.