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Donated Ambulance Enhances Training for Health Academy Students at Lanier

October 17, 2018

Donation partners passing the ceremonial key
Passing the ceremonial ambulance key as they celebrate with students are (from left) Lanier High National Alumni Association Treasurer Hazel Fields; Dr. Claude Brunson, UMMC senior advisor to the vice chancellor; AMR Public Information Officer Jim Pollard; Lanier High Principal Michael McDonald; JPS Director of Academies Marquita Slater; and JPS Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene.

The Academy of Health Services at Lanier High School has a new learning resource thanks to several generous partners. The University of Mississippi Medical Center and AMR (American Medical Response) presented a retired ambulance at a Passing of the Keys ceremony held October 3 at Lanier. Teachers and students will use the refurbished ambulance as a simulation lab to practice real-world learning scenarios. This will allow students to learn emergency medical skills needed for careers in emergency medical response or related fields.

"The donation of this ambulance will make active learning a reality for the scholars of this Academy," said JPS Director of Academies Marquita Slater. "As the first of this kind in the state, the Emergency Medical Services Lab will serve as a real-world classroom for Academy students who have expressed an interest in becoming emergency medical technicians or first responders."

Ceremony participants in front of van with ceremonial key
Celebrating the donation of a retired ambulance at Lanier High are (from left) Dr. Claude Brunson, UMMC senior advisor to the vice chancellor; Lanier student Christena Buckley; Lanier Principal Michael McDonald; Lanier students Jamecia McLaurin, Mariana Buckley, Chrishuan Williams, Fardarius Byrd, Clarissa Keys, J. McClenty, Christopher Washington, Lashenda Hudson, La Jayla Williams, and Xharya Banks; AMR Public Information Officer Jim Pollard; Lanier High National Alumni Association Treasurer Hazel Fields; Felicia Wolfe; JPS Director of Academies Marquita Slater; Dr. Mauda Monger, Sheep Project; and Al Thomas, Lanier High National Alumni Association President.

The University of Mississippi School of Nursing collaborated with AMR, Jackson Public Schools, and the Lanier National Alumni Association (LHSNAA) to support this project. The LHSNAA and Dr. Mauda Monger made a significant financial contribution to this project that supported the new logos, lettering, and decals on the ambulance.

"This partnership with UMMC, this alliance with them, their commitment to us and to the young people and to the community is pretty remarkable," said JPS Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene. "Thank you again to our wonderful partners. You all just warm my heart with what you've brought and what you will bring as we continue in this work. This could change the trajectory of these young people's lives."

"This represents more than just the passing of the keys," said Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. "This is the passing of opportunity, and of breaking down the walls of the classroom."

Ambulance with doors open
The Emergency Medical Services Learning Lab at Lanier is branded with logos from project partners including UMMC, the Lanier High School Alumni Association, AMR and Jackson Public Schools.

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