Around Smithsburg and Robinwood

December 28, 2010|By DARYLENE FORD
  • Darylene Ford
Darylene Ford

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my family and friends.

Smithsburg Middle School   

Homework/tutoring sessions are in full swing again. Math and ELA help is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. This is a good opportunity for students who are struggling in these areas. Call Mr. Hunter, assistant principal, if you have any questions.


  • Box Tops For Education — Remember to keep collecting box tops.
  • Sign up for Martin's A+ Rewards Card. Use the school ID code 00164 to give points and money to Smithsburg Middle School.
  • "Take Charge of Education" with a Target Visa or store card — go to to designate Smithsburg Middle School and Target will donate 1 percent of purchases to the school.
  • Sign up at to register Smithsburg Middle School for the classroom rewards program using code 212106.

HCC nursing program participating in pilot study

Nursing students at Hagerstown Community College will participate in "Sheltering and Disaster Health for Nursing Students," a pilot study sponsored by the American Red Cross that is intended to prepare students to volunteer with the Washington County Chapter of the Red Cross in the event of a disaster.


"With their strong commitment to community service, our nursing students want to be ready to respond should disaster strike close to home," said Teresa Weedon, HCC instructor, nursing, who will serve as lead coordinator for the HCC pilot.

"This workshop will prepare them to volunteer in Red Cross disaster settings."

According to Weedon, the pilot will be given four times between now and June and will involve three registered nurse classes and one practical nurse class.

The workshop will introduce students to the role of a Red Cross disaster health services volunteer; prepare students to assess the needs of disaster clients and provide needed assistance; and provide strategies for working with vulnerable or at-risk populations.

"The idea behind the pilot is to take a two-day course and reduce it to a four-hour workshop," Weedon said.

"The benefit to nursing students is that they not only receive disaster preparation, but this exercise will help them practice priority setting and triage in a real-world scenario. Priority setting, delegation, and assessment skills are an area of increasing focus on the 2010 NCLEX exam, which all nursing students are required to take in order to become a registered or licensed practical nurse. This workshop will help enhance student success in this area."

According to the Red Cross, disaster preparedness is a critical component in the professional development of nursing students.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing  requires emergency preparedness/disaster management content in all accredited baccalaureate nursing programs.

"Sheltering and Disaster Health for Nursing Students" meets association requirements and nursing students who participate in the pilot will be better prepared should they decide to transfer to a four-year university after graduating from HCC.

 HCC is one of 12 U.S. nursing schools participating in the American Red Cross National Student Nurse Program pilot study and is the only school in Maryland to be chosen.

If the pilot study at HCC and other U.S. nursing schools is successful, the disaster training will be recommended as a basic part of nursing education for all nursing students.

Senior site

Smithsburg senior site calendar:

Today — Movie Part 2, "Second Hand Lions," 10 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 30 — Bingo, 10 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 31 — Closed for New Year's holiday.

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