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Nursing Students Donate $500 to Relief Effort

Friday, May 3, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

Vocational - WestThe 18 graduating students from Texas State Technical College’s Vocational Nursing Program received a little extra recognition at their pinning ceremony last week.

TSTC President Cesar Maldonado presented the group with a framed certificate and commemorative coin acknowledging the Vocational Nursing Club’s $500 donation to the West, Texas Relief Fund held on campus.

The money came from funds raised by the club during the school year to help pay for testing and application fees that are not covered by financial aid or other resources, said Melissa Bowery the club’s advisor.

“These students did a fantastic job,” Bowery said. “I’ve been the advisor the past three years and this group has strong leadership. Everything they do is of course in addition to their studies. On top of learning their nursing skills, they’re learning how to work in a hospital by working as a team and working through a chain of command.”

The club did everything from holding a car wash to selling candy bars and even got a little creative and made sponsorship posters and sold them to local businesses.

“Every month they did something different,” Bowery said. “In February, the club volunteered at Sombrerofest in Brownsville to take blood pressure and BMI (body mass index) readings. They took time to educate people on what this meant.”

This group was the fourth cohort to graduate from the program and any student in the vocational nursing program is also part of the club.

In total, TSTC raised $958 in total cash and gift card contributions to the West, Texas Relief Fund. With the help of Jones Moving, TSTC also sent an 18-wheeler full of donated goods to the devasted community.

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