Saturday Science Academy
The program recently conducted its seventh Annual Junior White Coat Ceremony on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. The White Coat Ceremony is a nationwide medical school activity to signal the transition of medical students from book learning and lab work to the world of clinical practice and the direct interaction with real patients. The SSA Junior White Coat Ceremony embraces the spirit of this exercise but is appropriately modified for SSA students who have completed a year of SSA program experiences and challenges. Each student receives a white “doctor’s” coat. The purpose of the Junior White Coat Ceremony is to inspire the students to commit to lifelong learning. After ceremoniously receiving the appropriately fitted white coat, these scientists of the future repeated the following oath:
I, as a student of Charles Drew University ’s Saturday Science Academy II, promise by this oath that I shall treasure what I have learned in this program and continue my quest to higher education. Despite the obstacles that I may face in the future, I shall recognize that I have the power to overcome them and become a better person. And to show appreciation to those who have taught me, I shall accept the responsibility to teach others and to share my knowledge with everyone. I shall uphold these values to the best of my ability. This grand ceremony was attended by a number of dignitaries, legislators, physicians, principals and community officials. This years Guest Speaker Esai Morales, NY P.D. Blue T.V. Star and Screen Actor. The event is promoted so that parents and students know that Drew University commits to being a lifetime partner in supporting SSA students to achieve their educational aspirations. A Health Fair followed the ceremony where youngsters were able to demonstrate their health screening abilities.
It is not surprising that the campus community and the larger community are proud of the Saturday Science Academy and the accomplishments of the program participants. It is our belief that this positive impact the program has on the lives of SSA students and their families has enduring impact on the community. There is a growing list of families who seek applications for their children to participate in the program. Families who do participate are more and more actively involved in their children’s education. We have active grandparents as well as other relatives. We are recognizing a rich Future…
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