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Another Year of Bright Works Oregon Complete

Dianne Halbert - Monday, June 26, 2017

      As the school year winds down to a close, Bright Works Oregon (BWO) has seen a whirlwind of activity. To give back to the community, the BWO chapters worked together to create service projects. The Sutherlin chapter joined the Roseburg chapter in showing their appreciation to Battered Persons’ Advocacy by bringing in a massage therapist and thank you mugs. The South Umpqua girls hosted a Girls’ Empowerment Day for the girls of Coffenberry Middle School; this event included a yoga session and a healthy picnic.

      The UCC Paramedics program hosted BWO for an EMS day. The medical examiner from the Sheriff’s office started off the day by taking the students through the steps of a death investigation. Then Douglas County Fire District #2 showed the students how they perform a vehicular extrication in the field, which includes using the jaws of life to take apart a car and rescue a car crash victim. At the end of the day, the paramedic students showed the BWO students how to intubate patients, insert IVs, and everything in between.













      During the last week of May, BWO was able to spend the day in Portland visiting the SIM lab at OHSU. The students practiced their CPR chest compressions, explored the manikin used in the simulation operating room, and delivered a baby with a mother manikin. As a treat, we visited Powell’s City of Books to browse the largest independent bookstore in the world, and we ate a delicious dinner at Henry’s Tavern American Grill.

















         For the final day with the BWO students, we all headed to Winchester Bay for a day on the beach. We made drift wood forts, touched sea anemones, made sand castles, and ate good food.














       With the help of Nalani Wakinekona, our AmeriCorps member, the Bright Works Oregon program was able to reach more students than ever before. This year’s program included students from over 4 schools in Douglas County. We had an amazing groups of students, and they were a large part of the program’s success.


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