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Friday, February 01, 2013

West Potomac Academy Health Classes to Sponsor Health Fair for Head Start Students

Students in West Potomac Academy Health and Human Services classes will host a health fair for the children in the West Potomac Head Start Program on Tuesday, February 5, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and on Thursday, February 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. West Potomac Academy is one of six high school academies in Fairfax County public schools.

Based on the theme Passport to Health, the fair will offer the younger students an opportunity to learn about personal health while having a Passport to Health booklet stamped. Head Start participants will visit with students studying Dental Careers, Medical Assisting, Occupational and Physical Therapy, and Pharmacy Tech. 

The younger children will learn what happens during a regular check-up with the doctor and dentist. They will be instructed in how to brush their teeth properly, participate in occupational and physical therapy activities to engage fine motor skills, and learn which medications at home are helpful and harmful. West Potomac Academy students will also teach the Head Start students about good nutrition so they can stay healthy. 

This health fair is an example of how West Potomac Academy health students reach out to the community to share health and wellness education. Students participate in service learning projects such as Mission of Mercy, Operation Smile, and HOSA’s state and national competitions. They also  volunteer their time, working with patients in pediatrics to geriatrics at local elementary schools and retirement home facilities. Starting in the spring, students will be placed in clinical observations, internships, and job shadow placements in dental offices, medical facilities, physical therapy clinics, and pharmacies. 

Note: For more information, contact Maria Kappel at 703-718-2753 or