Students learn about life and health at Kids’ Day
The USC School of Pharmacy held its annual Kids’ Day, inviting 110 students from El Sereno Middle School on March 2 to learn about health and well-being.
“Our theme this year was ‘Everyday Stars,’ inspired by Hollywood glam, while promoting the idea that everyday professionals, such as pharmacists and other health care professionals, are all stars who make a difference in the community,” said Catherine Chen, a Pharm.D. candidate and the event’s coordinator.
The day consisted of activities and workshops covering numerous topics, including healthy living, substance abuse awareness, safe sex awareness and gang-free living. In addition, the School of Pharmacy partnered with the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy to educate children about the possible careers they could pursue in health care.
“I liked learning about how to become a doctor or pharmacist,” said Vincent, a student who wants to pursue a career as a pediatrician.
William, a fellow student, added, “It was really interesting to learn about HIV and other stuff I didn’t know.”
In between the workshops, the pharmacy students entertained their visitors with a comedy and dance program during lunch, including a stand-up comedy routine by student Bjan Sebouri.
“This year, we also started something new with Kids’ Day,” Chen said. “Each of the El Sereno students was assigned a School of Pharmacy mentor, and at the event, they had a chance to visit face to face. We hope that this mentorship continues long after the day’s activities are over.”
Overall, Chen felt that this year’s event was a success.
“The students really responded to the various sessions,” she said. “It was awesome to see all the hard work that the pharmacy students put into this day pay off.”
The event was presented by the USC School of Pharmacy’s Skull and Mortar society, a student-run honorary service organization.