The Falls Church Academy
Succeeds on Every Level
By: Jill Burrer, Career Experience Specialist
Mission of Mercy Provides Exceptional Experiences: Each year, at the Northern Virginia Mission of Mercy (MOM) Project, thirty-seven students from Falls Church Academy’s dental careers, medical assistant and early childhood careers courses joined 268 community volunteers, 111 general dentists, 31 specialists, 58 hygienists and 97 dental assistants to aid in providing dental care to 932 patients. MOM provides low-income and uninsured adults with dental care at the Northern Virginia Community College Medical Campus in Springfield, VA. The estimated value of care this year was $392,196. Early Childhood Careers students provided childcare for the children of adults who received dental care.
The experience with MOM’s provided students with the hands on, or direct observation of patient care they would not normally acquire due to student age and HIPAA regulations. One student from the dental careers 2 course commented that this experience helped him to realize that a dental career is exactly what he wants to pursue.
Falls Church Academy learned a few months ago that it would be the proud recipient of an ambulance. The 2003 Freightliner ambulance, donated by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, will be used by students enrolled in the fire and emergency medical services course taught by Penny Kelly at Falls Church Academy. Chad Maclin, FCPS Program Manager for Trade & Industrial Education and Executive Director for Foundation for Applied Technical Education, Inc. (FATE) said “the ambulance was donated to help continue promoting fire and rescue and enhance training by allowing students to practice or experiment in a real setting.” After the acquisition of the vehicle, FATE Board of Directors approved the contribution of $7,500 to outfit the ambulance with additional equipment necessary to enhance training and educational opportunities for students.
Penny Kelly, Falls Church Academy’s fire and EMS instructor said about this donation, “We are preparing these students to save lives through their future careers and this donation will help us even more to make our community a safer place to live for the citizens of Fairfax County and beyond. In our classroom there is a banner that states, "In the art of saving others, we save ourselves as well".
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