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SCRANTON -- Students from NativityMiguel School of Scranton visited Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine on May 16 for some hands-on science activities, modern career exploration and old-fashioned fun. The day of learning was provided by REACH-HEI, Geisinger College of Health Sciences’ academic enrichment pathways program for low-income and disadvantaged students.

The students worked with Geisinger medical students on simple dissection, measured blood pressure and identified heart sounds using stethoscopes. Perhaps the most popular session included outdoor activities that got the students’ hearts pumping so they could learn to take their pulse. The day concluded with “speed career dating” to acquaint the children with careers in science and medicine.

“It was a joy to have the NativityMiguel students at our medical school,” said Maureen Murtha, Geisinger College’s Director of Pathway Programs. “Our purpose is to open up the possibilities of careers in healthcare for the children in our own communities and build pathways to a successful future for them right here in northeastern Pennsylvania.”

“It was a wonderful program and a great day for our students,” said Timothy Casey, Principal, NativityMiguel School. “We look forward to future partnerships with Geisinger College of Health Sciences.”

NativityMiguel School of Scranton is a private, Catholic, tuition-free, all-scholarship middle school serving ethnically and religiously diverse students of greater economic need.   

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