The Philadelphia Area Association of Health Care Recruiters (PAAHCR) hopes to encourage children to consider nursing and allied health careers through reading.
The organization is distributing new and gently used books depicting health care careers, such as nursing; radiologic and medical technology; and respiratory, speech, physical, and occupational therapies to children through school libraries and after-school programs. The stories showcase the careers, the education required, and necessary skills to be successful in those professions.
PAAHCR has joined two groups the Philadelphia Eagles Youth Partnership (EYP) Book Mobile and Philadelphia Reads! The EYP has been distributing books since its creation in 2000. Members of the Philadelphia Eagles football team serve as ambassadors for the program. Philadelphia Reads! is a nonprofit group with a book bank located at the Martin Luther King High School in West Oak Lane. The book bank is open to preschool and elementary school teachers to build their classroom libraries. The books are free, and there is no limit to the number of books the teachers can take for their classrooms.
In other news, the organization recently awarded its 2007-2008 scholarship to Jordan Angiolillo, a freshman nursing student at Gwynedd Mercy College. The scholarship is designed for students pursuing careers in healthcare-related fields. PAAHCR member Mary Denise Stanton nominated Angiolillo for the award.