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Fifth-graders participate in mini medical school


Event comes together as result of community partnerships

Dr. Jusith Amparo and Fifth Grade Students at Mini Med School

Fifth-graders at Baldwin Heights Elementary School in Greenville operated on “bodies” they made from papier-mâché and Twizzlers, on Thursday, January 20, transforming the school’s gym into a “Mini Medical School.” The Mini Med School concluded a four-week science unit focusing on the human body and its systems.

Eric Nelson and Fifth Graders at Mini Med School

Surgeons and surgical employees from Spectrum Health United Hospital assisted the students in performing mock surgeries on the replica bodies. Nursing students from Montcalm Community College, parent volunteers and additional teachers also helped.
The fifth-graders were dressed head-to-toe in scrubs, including surgical masks, gloves and shoe shields. Students were divided into groups based on a specialty area—one consisted of cardiologists, one of gastroenterologists, another of neurologists, one of orthopedic surgeons and finally pulmonologists. The groups rotated through six stations, each hosted by a surgeon, surgical professional or nurse.
At five of the stations, groups role-played specific surgeries, each within their specialty area. Each student carried out roles such as lead surgeon, anesthesiologist and surgical assistant. Types of surgeries portrayed were a heart transplant, lung transplant, appendectomy and cerebral aneurysm repair. At the sixth station, the students used a portable heart defibrillator to simulate treating a patient suffering from cardiac arrest.
Mindy Hepinstall, fifth-grade science teacher at Baldwin Heights and originator of the idea for the school, hopes this event can become an annual component of her science unit on the human body. “This has been such a rewarding experience. Not only because the students have learned so much, but because it also exposes them to careers in health care and may spark interest for some to pursue careers in health care.”
Hepinstall also acknowledged the teamwork it took to implement the Mini Med School. “I am grateful to the employees of United Hospital and for all of the support we received from the school board and teachers. Also, I can’t thank the parents of my students enough—many of them have volunteered and donated supplies to make this event a reality,” said Hepinstall.
Spectrum Health United Hospital was equally pleased with the Mini Med School. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with our local schools to help kids understand the importance of good health. Our surgeons and surgical employees enjoyed working with these kids. Seeing their determination and focus was really inspiring for us,” said Adam Post, director, surgical services, Spectrum Health United Hospital.

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Rain failed to dampen Danish festivities


By Sarah Read

Post photo by S. Read

Post photo by S. Read

Scattered showers may have slowed down a few of the activities for the 45th Annual Danish Festival in Greenville, but the crowds refused to let a little rain spoil their fun last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. An arts and crafts fair, marketplace, various parades and bed race, games, thrill of the grill contest, theater performances and a family fun day with pony, camel and elephant rides were just a handful of the festivities that filled the three-day schedule celebrating Greenville’s Danish heritage. The Grand Dansk Parade, which took place on Saturday, August 22 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. featured countless floats, multiple marching bands, local and greater area veterans, classic car clubs, a dozen different clowns throughout, along with all surrounding area queens and courts in addition to the 2009 Danish Festival Queen, Chelsea Kreiner. The theme for this year’s festival was Hans Christian Andersen’s “Thumbelina.” Perfomances of the children’s fairy tale story were held at the Greenville Community Center. Festival officials were reportedly pleased with the outcome and are looking forward to next year’s event, held the third full weekend of August.

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Man found dead in Greenville


The Greenville Department of Public Safety is investigating the death of man found dead in one of the city’s apartment complexes last week.

Officers were dispatched about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, August 6, to River’s Edge Townhomes, 718 N. Hillcrest, and found a 22-year-old white male dead at the scene. The man was identified as Michael Allen Powers, of Belding.

Police have not released the cause of death and the case is still under investigation. Anyone with information concerning this case is encouraged to call Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345 or Greenville Department of Public Safety at 616-754-9161 and ask for Detective Dillon.

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