Baptist Health-Van Buren Partners with School District to Educate 500 Kindergarteners

VAN BUREN, Ark. – A trip to the emergency room may seem scary to some children, but Baptist Health-Van Buren and the city’s school district are partnering to make sure its kindergarten students know what to expect if the unexpected happens, all while learning about the human body.

The effort is part of the Van Buren School District’s Project Lead the Way, an educational unit on the human body and how it works. In the lesson, the students learn about a child who has fallen on the playground and broken her arm. Baptist Health-Van Buren provides the setting “Kinder Urgent Care,” the final portion of the lesson during which hospital staff will lead the students through a mock exam and X-ray. The students will also learn how to protect their bones and keep their bodies healthy.

“Kinder Urgent Care allows our kids the luxury of experiencing this scenario in a non-threatening environment,” said Julie Cottrell, STEM Coordinator/PLTW Teacher. “It is a win-win for all involved.  Our kids see hospital staff as community helpers, while the staff of Baptist Health-Van Buren gets to become more involved with our community in a learning environment.”

Approximately 500 students from Tate, Parkview, Rena, Central, King and City Heights Elementary Schools experienced “Kinder Urgent Care” on Tuesday, April 23, and Wednesday, April 24. This is the second year the hospital has collaborated with the school district to provide this interactive lesson.

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Connie Carpenter, Director of Quality, at Baptist Health-Van Buren talks to students about what could happen if someone was hurt and had to visit the emergency room. It’s all part of a collaboration with the Van Buren School District’s “Project Lead the Way” program which provides students a hands-on learning experiences, both in and out of the classroom.



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