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Caring Careers

Students in Tanya Jensen's classes at Jefferson High School (JHS) in Alexandria spent the past few months learning about childcare and health career opportunities.

Three community daycares, operated by Sara Peterson, Angie Galloway and Lynn Barten, came to JHS to visit students in child development and Early Childhood Family Education career classes.

They each spent a couple days visiting students in the JHS "Play School" during the months of March, April and May.

Students prepared a childcare center environment for the children, including learning stations, circle time, snack break, craft time and games.

Students observed age-related development, toy selection, and teaching context with instructional technology (TCIT). Students were allowed the opportunity to use learned skills and interact with children of many different age groups and ability levels.

JHS students interested in health care careers had the opportunity to learn about CPR and physical therapy training from professionals at North Ambulance and Heartland Orthopedics.

Scott Scholl from Heartland Orthopedics demonstrated common sites of knee injury and encouraged students to participate in ligament location and stretching activities commonly done to test for knee injury.

Students were given CPR introductory training for adult, child and infant from local paramedic Scott Johnson. They also learned automated external defibrillator (AED) procedures for emergency situations. Johnson had previously visited the Health Careers classroom for a paramedic presentation on his profession.