Cleanest oranges in Dickinson: DHS students learn about immunizations, water testing
Southwest District Health Unit had the cleanest oranges in Dickinson, Wednesday, joked Sherry Adams, executive officer at the health unit.
Michelle Wilhelm, immunizations nurse at SWDHU, was teaching students from Dickinson High School's health sciences class how to vaccinate a patient. These 'patients' were oranges, and the students practiced injecting them with water after wiping them down with an alcohol swab.
"You just want to make sure that area's clean. Sometimes you have guys come in here that were changing oil and are completely dirty," Wilhem said.
The immunizations were part of a hands-on learning included in teacher Bobbie Johnson's public health service unit.
"The way education is evolving, even in an academic setting with more project-based learning activities for students, it's more important than ever for our career and technical education students to get hands-on activities, real world applications," said Kevin Nelson, director of Roughrider Area Career and Technology Center.
When they weren't practicing immunizations or learning how to spot e coli in water, the students were presenting projects they created for Partnership for Success, which aims to prevent underage drinking.
Karen Goyne, behavioral health coordinator for Southwest District Health Unit, helped coordinate the PFS grant. She said staff from the health unit visited students in Johnson's class.
"We presented information to them and asked if they would be willing to work on some ideas, and they could do whatever they wanted to, whatever idea they had. It could be a poster; it could be a brochure; it could be an acted-out skit," she said.
The students divided into groups and created a project then presented their ideas to SWDHU for feedback. Wednesday, they presented their final products.
"We are grading them on their communication skills with each other, they're working together as a group, the creativity that they've used, the distribution. Did they target the audience that they wanted to target? What sources of social media did they use? How are they getting this information out?" Goyne said.
Senior Hannah Rathgeber's group presented their video "Drinking Drags You Down," which they targeted to anyone under the drinking age and posted on YouTube.
"The main point of the video was we were showing how a girl went from not wanting to drink at all, and she got peer pressured into it. Then she got addicted. It showed the highs and lows. First she was so excited that she was trying something new. Then it just showed her getting all depressed, and she lost her friends," she said.