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Carroll County Memorial Hospital Hosts Annual Summer School Event

July 10, 2018

Five years ago Carroll County Memorial Hospital was asked to sponsor an outing for the Carrollton R-VII School District’s Summer School students.

As summer approaches each year, both students and CCMH employees alike get excited to hear the announcement of the theme for the upcoming year. Past themes have included Back to the Future III and NCIS.

“During last year’s NCIS theme, each station provided a clue,” said Tammy Crawford, CCMH Education & Infection Control Coordinator. “At the end students were allowed to asked three suspects questions to solve the mystery of who committed the crime.”

The 2018 event theme was “CCMH Survivor,” based off the reality show. One hundred students grades 5-8 were split into ten groups, where they sported tribal bandanas and competed for the sought after idol while visiting each station. They spent a half day visiting and participating in different-themed booths created by various hospital departments and community partners, including the Carrollton Fire Department, Carroll County Ambulance District and Carroll County Sheriff’s Department. At the end of the day, teams gathered for Tribal Council and voted on their favorite station.

The goal of this event is to offer students educational experiences, while incorporating a fun twist. The activities at this year’s stations ranged from the fun and silly relay races to drug education, insect bite identification and hands-only CPR.

“The staff at CCMH put an enormous amount of time and energy into the Summer School Event each year,” said Piper Barry, Carrollton K-6 Music Instructor. “The dedication to our students and the ongoing partnership between CCMH and the Carrollton School makes the Hospital event the highlight of summer school. The creative, compassionate and professional work by the CCMH staff makes our school, students and community stronger. Carroll County is fortunate to have an entity that is so committed to the future of our students.”

This annual event continues to change and grow each summer. The layout has ranged from the use of the community walking trail to dispersing throughout the entire hospital to including outside entities.

“We really enjoy this partnership with the school district, as well as the opportunity to get our local youth in our doors,” said Jeff Tindle, CCMH Chief Executive Officer. “Any occasion to attempt to clear young people’s minds from fears of visiting a hospital is a win.”

“We strive to make each year’s program better, and filled with hands-on activities that are fun, educational and theme-related,” Crawford said.