Students, faculty and families representing the Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA) club and “ER” Club from Minnesota School of Business-Elk River donated their time to support the American Cancer Society (AMC) and March of Dimes.
The Bark for Life event, which benefited AMC, was held at “The Draw” Park in Ramsey, and the March for Babies event was held in St. Paul at Como Park.
This year was the third annual Ramsey Bark for Life. Nicole Greenlund’s Application of Clinical Skills class has done this as their applied learning project since the first event and they always enjoy it. They have even had previous graduates that have formed their own teams. One of her past students raised over $900 for this year’s event.
Tanya Kupczyk, veterinary technology program chair and cancer survivor, was able to participate in the event as well.
“Relay events are close to my heart and the stories of others inspire me, which motivates me to continue to participate in these events,” said Kupczyk.
Students performed complimentary nail trims for the dogs participating in the event. They also did some dental education and home care (they brought examples of pet toothpaste, brushes, and treats) as well as some general education.
This year, Greenlund was able to bring a couple students from SCNAVTA to volunteer their time, as well as two students from the Introduction to Veterinary Technology class. Greenlund believes that It is a great opportunity for them to fine-tune their skills and, more importantly, interact with pet owners.
On the same day, the “ER” Club, Katherine Wollschlager, a group of medical assistant students, and their families participated in the March of Dimes March for Babies. Funds from the event help the organization support expecting mothers to have healthy, full-term pregnancies. Donations also help to fund research into problems that effect babies in the womb.
According to Wollschlager, “This was an important thing for us because my friend’s children and my daughter were born prematurely, and my kids just really wanted to be a part of the whole event.”
MSB student, Karyn Warren, a participant in the event, described the sights and sounds from the day. The event atmosphere is similar to a festival. There were Star Wars characters for people to take pictures with and plenty of free samples for participants from Starbucks coffee, Dilly Bars from Dairy Queen, popcorn, and cotton candy, as well as prize drawings.
The walk itself was around Como Lake, and at the end of the walk, lunch was provided for the participants. An extra bonus to the walk was the opportunity to go to the zoo afterwards.
Wollschlager said, “It was quite a sight to see so many people participating. My kids were just thrilled to be a part of it and already said they can’t wait until the next one.”
These events are part of MSB-Elk River’s ongoing mission of supporting our local communities and helping those in need. If you are interested in being a part of this effort, please connect with Nicole Rasmussen or a program chair.