This Thanksgiving, everyone at Ross Medical Education Center campus in Cincinnati, Ohio decided to work together for a different twist on the food drive. It was a competition of epic proportions. Students in the Medical Assistant class and the Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration class teamed up to go head to head against the Dental Assistant program students and the Pharmacy Technician class to see who could bring in the most ingredients the quickest to make a full Thanksgiving dinner.
Members from each of the two teams were given a grocery list containing nearly 40 items ranging from different types of spices and herbs to vegetables, cutlery, and desserts. The team to complete their dinner first would win a pizza party. Less than 12 hours passed and the Dental Assistant and Pharmacy Technician team clinched it for the win. However, the Medical Assistant and Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration team would not be defeated and came back, donating twice the number of grocery items.
Since one of the teams completed the list first and then the other brought double the grocery list, campus staff decided that all the students at the campus would be rewarded with a pizza party for their amazing contributions. Although this was a fun prize, the reward of this competition goes much further than a pizza party. The true reward is knowing that the staff and students came together for a great cause. Many of the students did selfless acts, giving up their own food or money to provide assistance for families in need.
The Thanksgiving donations collected were given to Christ Emmanuel Church and were then distributed to three local Cincinnati families in need over the holiday. “Those families in turn will sit down to a hot, home-cooked, traditional Thanksgiving meal,” said Christen Dolan, Career Services Representative in Cincinnati. “A very special thank you to the new Cincinnati Campus Director Mr. Layfield, who provided the turkeys to complete the meals. The Cincinnati campus is thriving under your leadership.”