Sarah Jo Spears and Jessica Cook Receive Student of the Month Community Service Awards
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS
October 2012 Undergraduate Student recipient: Sarah Jo Spears
Sarah Jo Spears volunteered to participate in the Medical Brigade to the Dominican Republic with the USF Morsani College of Medicine, the Health and Wellness Screenings at USF Employee Benefits Fair and the Flu Shot drive at the USF College of Public Health. Sarah Jo Spears humbly pointed out, “During the Dominican Republic trip we were able to serve over 800 patients from the city of Jarabacoa and the surrounding community. Many of these people have no other access to health care. At the employee benefits fair we were able to provide blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings to USF employees. For many people, this served as a wake-up call and alerted them to the need to see their primary care physician. At the flu shot drive we administered 1500 flu shot vaccinations to the USF community.” Sarah Jo Spears chose to serve with the USF MCOM because she has volunteered on three previous international service trips with the Honors College and loved it. She contributes her drive to become a nurse to her love of serving local communities and abroad.
October 2012 Graduate Student recipient: Jessica Cook
Jessica Cook volunteered at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Tampa hosted its annual Monster Mash Bash on Thursday, October 25, 2012. Children from all over the Tampa Bay area came to enjoy the festivities. Many of them suffer from various orthopedic related disabilities, making traditional “Trick-or-Treating” difficult. This is a warm environment where all areas are accessible to them and they feel comfortable and loved. Jessica Cook and three of her peers from USF Nurse Anesthesia program volunteered to man the Monster Munch booth. Kids had to eat a donut using only their mouths – no hands. It was a sticky job, but both the kids and adults enjoyed the activity. A great time was had by all. Jessica Cook warmly reported, “The children at Shriner’s have disabilities that prevent them from enjoying traditional fall activities in the community for fear of injury or immune compromise. During the course of their illness, treatment, recovery, and therapy, these children become a part of the Shriner’s family. It was an honor to be a part of something so special. The event helps to make the children feel as “normal” as possible. In this place, there are no limitations for them, only possibilities – and on that night, lots of fun and laughter.”