February 8, 2002
In recognition of the overwhelming support provided to the nursing program from the community, the students in the University of Maine at Fort Kent Student Nursing Organization (SNO) make an annual contribution to a charitable organization or community need.
The nursing students were very active in 2001, and were successful in raising $800, which they recently gave back to the community to show their appreciation.
On January 31, the students donated $400 to the American Red Cross for the New York disaster relief fund. Another $400 was made available to assist an Aroostook county family whose 7 year-old daughter was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, necessitating treatment and hospitalization in Boston.
Approximately 25 nursing students, active in SNO, raised funds through candle and t-shirt sales. Candles with the Division of Nursing logo on the label were sold twice during the year, and bright pink t-shirts were sold during the Link of Hope: Breast Health Awareness Walk, held in October. Several senior nursing students were active in the organization of the event that took place throughout northern Aroostook county.
"Community involvement is an important contribution that we as nursing students can make to the health and well-being of the whole community," stated Jennifer Hay, junior student and current SNO president.
"The projects we carried out were a lot of work to organize, but it gives us an opportunity to apply our knowledge and skills in a way that is of real benefit to the community," said Odette LaPointe, a senior student and past president of SNO. "And it feels really good when the projects are successful, and to know what we're doing really does make a difference".