HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS

DIANA CONARD

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 09-27-02

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC STUDENTS IN FREE ENTERPRISE AND PHI THETA KAPPA WILL HOST THE "MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY" ON OCTOBER 26

HCC Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and Phi Theta Kappa will host the "Make a Difference Day" seminar on Saturday, October 26, 2002. It will be held at 10 a.m. in the HCC auditorium and is free to the public.

The "Make a Difference Day" seminar is sponsored by USA Weekend Magazine in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation and the Volunteer Center Nation Network. The project, "Ethics in the Health Industry and Options," will focus on ethics in the health field and health care issues, which affect the aging population.

The keynote speaker will be Mr. Dennis W. Streets, Chief of Planning, Budget and Systems Support Section of the Division of Aging, NC Department of Health and Human Services, in Raleigh, NC. Streets will speak about current trends affecting the aging population in North Carolina.

The Haywood County Health Department will discuss services available to citizens through their local agency. There will also be representatives from the Haywood County Literacy Council.

HCC Medical Assistant and Nursing program students, as well as representatives from the Haywood Regional Medical Center and Haywood Regional Fitness Center will provide health screenings and information.

SIFE and Phi Theta Kappa members will be collecting teddy bears for the NC Highway Patrol’s Teddy Bear Program during the month of October to present at the seminar. The collection will be dedicated to the former local contact for Operation Teddy Bear in Western North Carolina, Trooper Calvin Taylor who was killed in the line of duty.

Highway Patrol Officers keep teddy bears in the trunk of their cars in the event that a child is present at the site of an automobile accident. The bears are used to calm the child and to take his or her mind off of the current situation.

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