MHS Pre-Med Club donates books to CHCC

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THE Marianas High School Pre-Med Club on Monday donated about 150 children’s books to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.

Members of the Marianas High School Pre-Med Club on Monday donated about 150 books to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio
MHS Pre-Med Club members stack the books they collected from their school, teachers, and fellow students before handing them over to the CHCC pediatric ward.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

“A lot of children in the pediatric ward just stay there and they have no source of entertainment,” club president Catherine Byen said. “So we thought it would be a great idea to donate some books.”

She said the books were donated by their school library, teachers, and fellow students.

For their part, the club members raised funds to to buy a book-cart that they also donated.

Byen, said the donation also provided an opportunity for club members to meet with CHCC doctors.

Ryan Kang, MHS Pre-Med Club vice president, said the donation was their first community activity.

“Hopefully, it will be the first step in a series of events that we will do for the community,” Kang added.

CHCC nursing director Renea Raho thanked the students for the donation. “From the bottom of our hearts, I would like to thank the MHS Pre-Med Club for the donation. Books are precious. We want the kids to be exposed to reading instead of playing video games.”

Raho said the hospital also receives book donations from different organizations.

The books donated by the MHS club, she added, will be available in the outpatient clinic. “While children are waiting to be seen, they can read a book instead of running around.”

Raho also discussed the CHCC volunteer program with the MHS students.

She said the program allows students to “shadow” and observe medical providers and personnel at work.

The program, she added, “gives us the opportunity to introduce high school students to the medical field. We hope that they will be interested in pursuing a career in medicine.”

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