Students at Paul Laurence Dunbar K-8 Center are walking on a more hopeful path toward their future and have a new pair of shoes to get them there, thanks to Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Medical Campus and its community partners.
As part of the campus’ new Healthy Feet project, MDC nursing and dental hygiene students from the Student Government Association (SGA) recently visited the school in historic Overtown to teach the kids about healthy habits, aspiring to attend college and careers in the healthcare field.
The group of 50 children, ranging from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade, was later taken by bus to Rack Room Shoes at the Mall of the Americas where they each picked out a new pair of shoes.
Located within a mile of MDC’s Medical Campus, Paul Laurence Dunbar students represent a population of low-income and even homeless families. The fun-filled day of activities included an interactive discussion, and dental hygiene students used puppets to illustrate proper dental cleaning techniques, while nursing students offered information about careers in the health field.
They were met with a barrage of questions from the excited and fully engaged elementary students.
“Students from Paul Laurence Dunbar may not have known that they have an opportunity to go to college regardless of the price,” said Dr. Kim McGinnis, student dean at the Medical Campus. “I told them that I expect to see them at MDC and that they should follow their dreams.”
MDC students, she noted, were equally excited for the opportunity to provide outreach at the school.
The project began this year and is administered by the Miami Airport Rotary Club, where Dr. McGinnis serves as president. It is funded by a matching grant from Rotary Club International.
“When key organizations partner together to serve the youth in our local communities, not only are lives positively changed, but the future of our community also is positively influenced,” Dr. McGinnis added.
For more information about the Healthy Feet project, contact Dr. Kim McGinnis at Kim.McGinnis@mdc.edu or 305-237- 4212.