Pekin Students Brighten Patients Day at ORHC

OTTUMWA-A group of students from Pekin High School paid a visit to the patients in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Ottumwa Regional Health Center this week.  The students, members of Pekin’s Future Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) brought supplies to decorate Christmas cookies and make snow globe ornaments with patients who are going through intensive rehabilitation after accidents or illnesses.  Many of these patients have been in the hospital for weeks and the prospect of having new visitors and doing a new and different activity is very appreciated.  This activity was organized by Lynn Winn, ARU Admissions Coordinator and Mrs. Kelly Goudy, Family Consumer Science teacher with Pekin High School.

Mrs. Goudy helps sponsor and facilitate the program with Pekin Schools.  “The students who are active in this program get to participate in a number of different community and school service projects to help them develop social, team and leadership skills that will serve them in the real world,” shared Mrs. Goudy.  “At the same time their volunteer efforts and fundraising benefit others and their communities.”  Some of the projects the FCCLA have organized are the annual Halloween Party for the Elementary School, a school-wide recycling program,  continuing education and awareness on texting while driving, cyber-bullying, and healthy eating.  Most recently, the group raised $7,225 for the Iowa Donor Network.

The patients in the Ottumwa Regional Health Center Acute Rehab Unit definitely benefitted from their attention!