Waverly Community House and NEPA AHEC
The Waverly Community House and NEPA AHEC are community partners collaborating on an annual six-week elementary school summer camp that includes health careers and healthy behavior components. NEPA AHEC provides interactive instructional materials and counselor training for the camp. Maria E. Wilson, Waverly Community House Director, and Mary Casey, NEPA AHEC’S School Coordinator work together to make Comm Camp both an enjoyable and educational experience for children.
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Mary Casey, NEPA AHEC with Elaine Geroulo IU 19 Autism Specialist provide Comm Camp counselor training.
Comm Camp Directors Elizabeth Richmond and Steven Schmaltz
The Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (NEPA AHEC) Promotes Healthy Behaviors with Volunteer's Help.
The Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (NEPA AHEC) annually promotes healthy behaviors to thousands of students in Northeast Pennsylvania. To reach students, NEPA AHEC supports and works closely with many community partners and volunteers.
One NEPA AHEC volunteer, Connie Teel, is Farm Safety 4 Just Kids Chapter President. She is also NEPA AHEC'S representative on Wyoming County's Safe Kids Coalition. To students, teachers and families; at fairs, schools, libraries, and agriculture days, Connie presents her customized, interactive Hidden Farm Hazards and ATV Safety Display.
Using Farm Safety 4 Just Kids materials supplied by NEPA AHEC, Connie recreates unsafe farm scenes. A miniature tractor driven by a mother with a baby in her lap, an ATV passenger riding backwards, and an uncovered well each depicts a few of the many hazardous scenes. On September 23 Connie presented her program to fourth graders from Tunkhannock, and Lackawanna Trail School Districts attending the Wyoming County Agriculture Day at the Wyoming County Fair Grounds.
"With NEPA AHEC'S help and support, I can get the materials and supplies I need to promote healthy behaviors in and around farms." Connie goes on to say, "The display teaches children and adults how to keep safe around any home machinery. It is especially rewarding to promote farm safety because if I can help save one life, it means a lot to me."
The unsafe scenes Connie recreates are drawn from her own rural community in Meshoppen, Pennsylvania and from her personal farm experiences. Connie has lived on a dairy farm for the past 42 years with her husband, Kenneth.
Bradford County Library: Science Back Packs
NEPA AHEC provided Bradford County Library with backpacks and stuffed animals to create ten circulating backpacks for children Pre-K to grade three. These are highly popular, constantly circulating packs, which not only promote reading but promote science.