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HOYA 2 Nov/Dec Article


November has been so very busy.  HOYA II celebrated Thanksgiving with all the other CareerTEC classes here at St. John’s.  Students and teachers reflected on how blessed we truly are.  

 As a way to make Thanksgiving a little more joyful for our community, students delivered homemade cards and flowers to many different places around the area.  The response from those receiving these little random acts of kindness flowers was overwhelmingly positive; the students were touched by the reactions   This small gesture brought smiles and words of appreciation from each recipient.  We are still hearing how much this changed the day for so many.  Sometimes we forget that holidays are not always a happy time for some.

The ladies will also be ringing the Salvation Army Bells at Sullivan’s and Walmart tomorrow, 11/30.  Please stop out and see them if you get a chance. 

December promises to be just as busy.  The students will be completing their teaching projects.  They are going out to their local schools and teaching younger students (up to 5th grade) a healthcare related task; such as handwashing.  

In November, students were able to listen to heart and lung sounds during class.  We also discussed what a pulse deficit was and why it is important.  It is comparing someone’s apical and radial pulse to discern any abnormalities. They then practiced checking for pulse deficits on their classmates. We will be focusing on our own wellness by doing a physical fitness assessment in class.  This activity usually brings laughs and really tells us how fit we are.

Before our Christmas break, students will be visiting Hawthorne Inn for some caroling and a craft/food activity with the residents. Even though they think they can’t sing very well, this will bring Christmas joy to the residents at Hawthorne.  

Have an amazing month of December and take time for yourself and maybe do a small random act of kindness because it brings happiness to both giver and receiver.