The Courier Program at Frontier Nursing University (FNU) recently co-hosted the 2018 Healthy Futures Fair for Leslie County, Ky. community members to meet health providers from the area, learn about their services and discover what it is like to have a career in the health care industry. The fair, co-hosted with Mountain View Elementary School in Leslie County, was held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 12-2 p.m. at the elementary school.
Leading up to the event, Mountain View Elementary students and the 21st Century After-school Program participants began learning about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and health careers through guest speakers and activities.
The Frontier Nursing Service Foundation primarily funded the events leading up to the fair. Speakers were brought in for two seminars on healthy food alternatives. They helped elementary-aged kids learn how to make fruit kabobs as a perfect summer snack. Jason Lindsey, known as “Mr. Science,” also presented to the students.
Middle schoolers engaged in Healthy Futures week as well, traveling to the Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky to participate in “missions” in space. Later in the week, FNU hosted the middle school students for a dissection at its Hyden campus.
At the conclusion of Healthy Futures, the Frontier Nursing Service Foundation awarded a one-time, $1,000 Healthy Futures scholarship to one student at Leslie County interested in pursuing a STEM-based career. Any 8th-12th grade student attending a Leslie County school was invited to apply for the Healthy Futures Scholarship, in which they were asked to answer one of four questions in a short essay that focused on the ideas of healthy futures.
Madison Simpson, a junior at Leslie County High School, was the recipient of this year’s scholarship. She is interested in a career working with children in the health care field. FNU President Dr. Susan Stone presented the scholarship and funds to Madison at the community plated dinner held on Monday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. Madison’s mother Rhoda Simpson was in attendance, and is pictured above with Madison along with FNU’s Austyn Caudill, Larissa McLoughlin and Dr. Stone.
Thanks to all who participated in this year’s Healthy Futures Fair!