Duncanville ISD strives to prepare students for success upon graduation, and community partnerships are an invaluable resource for achieving that goal. National Rehabilitation Awareness Week (September 18-24) was the catalyst for the district’s latest partnership, as staff members from Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital spoke with students in several Duncanville High School Health Science classes. “We wanted to promote the value and importance of rehabilitation,” said Methodist Director of Business Development Shari Moore. “Nearly 50 million Americans are disabled, and statistics show that medical rehabilitation improves lives and saves money.”
Trained therapists gave presentations in Pam DeWeerd’s classes, teaching students about Speech, Occupational, and Physical therapies and demonstrating equipment for the students to experience treatments first-hand. “I was impressed that they came out so prepared with so many hands-on demonstrations,” commented DeWeerd. “I appreciate that the Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital took such an interest in our students to really give them an honest insight as to what this profession is about. Several students expressed an interest in exploring a career in rehabilitation – that’s the equivalent of a teacher touchdown!” The Medical Director of Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital also spoke to Gwendolyn Scott’s class about the different levels of health care.
Opening in 2008, Methodist is the only facility of its kind in South Dallas and has been ranked in the top ten percent of the country for the past two years. With the first seeds now sown, both Moore and DeWeerd hope that school/hospital partnership will grow. “It will give my students the opportunity to meet healthcare professionals from our community who are making a difference every day,” said DeWeerd. “It will also give them the opportunity to get first-hand knowledge on what is expected educationally to prepare for this career.” “I have expressed an interest in participating in Duncanville’s next Career Day,” added Moore.