AAU team provides vital skills and supplies to community

CPR Challenge winners (left to right) Nadia O’Donoghue-Farrell, Ken Jarvis and Janice Vigo

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The American University of Antigua (AUA) campus has been a hive of activity thanks to a host of community outreach initiatives in recent weeks.

The Department of Administrative Support Services donated supplies including school bags, notebooks, pens, pencils, geometry sets, calculators, manila folders and other items to Mary E Elementary School Piggott. Bulk amounts of cleaning supplies, including hand sanitizer and soap, were also distributed.

Department supervisor Madella Aubrey-Christopher expressed hope that the supplies will help provide a safe and healthy learning environment for teachers and students. The items were collected through the annual campus school supply drive which runs from June to August and is contributed by students, faculty and staff.

This month also saw the annual CPR Staff Challenge hosted by the AAU Emergency Medicine Training Center (EMTC). The challenge began on June 7 and ended with a brief awards ceremony the following day.

EMTC Director Jeremias Samuel reminded attendees that CPR skills can save the life of a loved one. Contest winners Ken Jarvis, Nadia O’Donoghue-Farrell and Janice Vigo received day passes to the Verandah Resort and Spa, a Digicel mobile phone and lunch at the Garden Grill Restaurant, respectively.

In recognition of International Men’s Health Month, the campus administration encouraged men at AAU to undergo a general screening, courtesy of the university’s Health and Wellness Center.

Other activities planned for the coming months include a community health fair on campus, a youth skills day camp to coincide with World Youth Skills Day on July 15, and a food drive on August 19 for World Humanitarian Day.

The food drive will help stock the campus pantry which provides food and necessities to the less fortunate in the campus community.

Also scheduled for World Literacy Day, an overhaul of the Schools Reading Program was launched by the Community Outreach Committee in conjunction with various student interest groups.

The initiative aims to foster a love of reading among young people and involves book donations to primary school libraries and scheduled reading sessions in beneficiary schools.

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