Record number of middle school students participate in health explorations camp
A record 100 middle school students from Grand Haven to Detroit
participated in the 12th annual sHaPe (Summer Health Activities and
Professions Exploration) camp.
Ranelle Brew, associate professor of public health, and Kathy Agee,
science program coordinator for the Regional Math and Science Center,
served as co-directors. Brew said the mostly virtual nature of
activities allowed the expansion to reach campers throughout lower Michigan.
"All these cohorts explored 15 health professions over four days
of camp," Brew said. "In Grand Rapids we used a
technology-based Google Classroom, workbook and toolkit we created. In
Battle Creek, they engaged face-to-face and Loop has incorporated camp
into their summer school programming."
Students from Battle Creek Public Schools toured Kindschi Hall and other Allendale Campus buildings as part of sHaPe camp.
Students watch the book retrieval system at the Mary Idema Pew Library.
Students walk in front of the Cook Carillon Tower.
Agee said students received toolkits full of supplies such as a first
aid kit, stethoscope and magnetic skeleton to supplement their virtual
or in-person learning. College of Health Professions and Kirkhof
College of Nursing faculty members and students created learning
activity videos, and the planning committee created the workbook that
highlights each health profession.
Matt Bozzo, career navigator at the Battle Creek Regional Outreach
Center, said 34 students from Battle Creek Public Schools finished
their camp experience July 16 on the Allendale Campus, with building
tours, lunch and activities led by students from the Hauenstein
Center's Cook Leadership Academy.
A grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation sponsored the Battle Creek
cohort of students.