Thursday, December 17, 2009
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:        NOVEMBER 18, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION:           STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, TEDD GOLDSTEIN (626) 914-8590

 

Citrus College Students Volunteer at Local H1N1 Flu Shot Clinics

By Stacy Armstrong

 

Citrus College students have been flocking to H1N1 Flu Shot Clinics throughout the region.  However, the desire to protect themselves from the dreaded virus is not what draws them. 

 

Approximately 50 students from the Citrus College Nursing Department and 44 students from a combined Business and Sociology class have volunteered at several free H1N1 Flu Shot Clinics sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

 

“The non-clinical volunteers helped pass out information and assist the people who are in line with completing their forms and paperwork,” said Tedd Goldstein, student employment services and service learning supervisor.  “The nursing students participated in clinical tasks such as administering the shots.”

 

Citrus College’s Service Learning Program facilitated the volunteer efforts.

 

“This was a combined effort between the Department of Health and Citrus College,” Goldstein said.  “The Citrus College Service Learning Program integrates community service with what the student is learning in the classroom.  It allows them to apply the skills and lessons taught in class.”

 

The students participated in seven different clinics held in Monrovia, Azusa, Alhambra, El Monte, and Monterey Park.

 

“We want to help ensure that our communities stay healthy,” Goldstein said.  “At the same time, we are always looking for projects that our students can become involved with and make a difference.”

 

Gail Tucker, a nursing instructor at Citrus College, was happy to have her students participate in the clinics.

 

“It provided them with the opportunity to be involved in community activities related to their field of study,” she said.

 

Timothy Durfield, a Citrus College business instructor whose students also participated, agrees.

 

“Many corporations are emphasizing the importance of corporate social responsibility and are engaged in a wide variety of philanthropic activities that impact both internal and external stakeholders,” he said.  “Service learning is an important way for academia to connect with the community while providing students with real-world experience while making a positive impact on society.”

 

Olga Bruno, a representative from the City of Azusa’s Office of Emergency Services, says she was impressed with the students and their eagerness to lend a helping hand.

 

“It says a lot about this generation,” she said.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:        NOVEMBER 18, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION:           STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, TEDD GOLDSTEIN (626) 914-8590