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November 12, 2013

22nd annual Kids Are Special hosts over 300 third graders

DUNCAN — More than 600 local third graders attended the 22nd annual Kids Are Special People event last week.

During the two-day event, hosted by Duncan Regional Hospital and the Auxiliary, the students sat through nine presentations within two hours dealing with health and hospitals. The large number of children was split between Thursday and Friday at the Simmons Center.

“It is a joint effort (between DRH and the Auxiliary),” said Betty Beck, director of volunteer services. “It takes everyone.”

Staff and volunteers from DRH, as well as staff from Air Evac, Marlow Police Department and American Medical Response Ambulance Service helped with the event. There are several goals associated with KASP.

“It teaches children good health and what happens at when they go to the hospital so they don’t have as many fears,” said Beck. “It also instills at an early age ideas for careers later in life.”

The nine presentations were on surgery, infection control, radiology, nursing, food and nutrition, an ambulance that was brought into the Simmons Center by AMR, gun safety presented by Marlow Police Chief Jimmy Williams, and the medical helicopter brought to the Simmons Center grounds by Air Evac.

Take-home bags were given to the children which had several items they came into contact with during the course of the presentations. Some of the items included coloring books, stickers, a bar of soap, fruit roll-ups, a Band-Aid, surgery caps and masks.

Once they had returned to their classroom, the students were given the bags and teachers were encouraged to discuss the contents in relation to what they had observed during the day.

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