Event benefits Bartlett House

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Students representing all the schools from West Virginia University Health Sciences plan on donating their time to Chick-fil-A during an upcoming Kid’s Fair.  It is not likely students will be serving up tasty chicken and waffle fries, but will be there providing children with smiles and helping give hope to those in need. 

The Chick-fil-A located on Patteson Drive will be holding a Kid’s Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7.  Children who attend will be able to participate in various fun and educational events.  All the activities will be free; however, Chick-fil-A is asking that participants bring one canned food item per adult or child that will go to Bartlett House, a Morgantown shelter for homeless individuals and families.

Dental hygiene student Anna Dickens explained, “We have chosen Bartlett House as the recipient of this year’s fund raiser because we are aware of their limited funding.” Dickens also emphasized that other than food donations, “There are many things that they require such as funding for maintenance, renovations, cleaning, other non-food products and the other services they provide.”

Students have already raised $500 through a change drive and raffle. Health Sciences Chancellor Christopher Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., has promised to match that donation.

The School of Dentistry will be providing information on dental health as well as handing out toothbrushes. Students from the School of Medicine have planned health related games.  Students from the Medical Technology, Pharmacy, Nursing, Public Health and Exercise Physiology programs at WVU will also be participating. Students will also be hosting a cake walk that will include prizes from local bakeries.   

Other activities and participants include a story time sponsored by the Morgantown Public Library; fingerprinting at the DARE van; a display about donating blood from the American Red Cross; Monongalia Country Sheriff’s Department; and a fire truck from the Star City Volunteer Fire Department.

For more information: Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
jy: 05-05-11