West Potomac Academy Sponsors Health Fair for Head Start Students at Bucknell Elementary

News Release
November 13, 2019

Students studying health and medical sciences career courses at West Potomac Academy, a Governor’s Health Sciences Academy, will host the ninth annual health and wellness fair—Passport to Good Health—for children in the Bucknell Elementary School Head Start Program. The fair is scheduled for Friday, November 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bucknell Elementary. West Potomac Academy is one of six high school academies in Fairfax County Public Schools.  

Head Start students will meet and learn from academy students studying Dental Careers, Medical Assisting, and Physical-Occupational Therapy. They will learn what happens during a regular check-up with a doctor and dentist, and how to brush their teeth properly. Physical and occupational therapy activities to engage gross and fine motor skills will be led by the academy students for the younger ones. 

This Passport to Good Health program is an example of how health and medical science students at West Potomac Academy reach out to the community to share health and wellness education. Students participate in service learning projects with business and community partners and HOSA’s (national student organization for future health professionals) district, state, and national competitions. Students also volunteer with people of all ages, from local elementary schools to retirement home facilities.  Throughout the school year, students are placed in clinical observations, internships, and job shadow placements in dental offices, medical facilities, physical therapy clinics, and pharmacies.  

For more information, contact Maria Kappel at 703-718-2753 or maria.kappel@fcps.edu.