Seven eighth-grade students at Irons Middle School gathered materials and assembled first-aid kits that were distributed to church representatives attending the recent faith-based Emergency Preparedness Conference in Lubbock
Kayci Meeks, Kayli Bass, Peyton Sifrit, Mckyna Hines, Yara Qubti, Katy Gibson and Kennedy Beach put together 100 of the first-aid kits as a community service project for the National Junior Honor Society, according to Nicole Hines, the institutional director for the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center infection control.
The first-aid kits were part of emergency supply kits that were given to representatives of regional churches who attended an Emergency Preparedness Conference at Southcrest Baptist Church last weekend, according to
Renee Witherspoon, a member of the Lubbock County Emergency Planning Committee and one of the organizers of the conference.
Because churches are a logical place to go in times of emergency, the regional conference was designed to educate representatives of area churches, Witherspoon said. The kits are intended to demonstrate to the churches how to prepare families in their congregations by showing them what they need to have on hand for possible emergencies, she said.
Billy Kinch, safety officer with Covenant Health System and member of the Lubbock County Local Emergency Planning Committee, organized the effort to purchase the emergency supply kits and have contents donated. The Irons students prepared the first-aid kits that were included as part of the emergency supply kits, Hines said.
The city of Lubbock Health Department and Texas Tech University Health sciences Center also provided materials for the kits.
Witherspoon said it was the fourth year of the annual faith-based conference. Hines, whose daughter Mckyna was one of the Irons students, coordinated the students who assembled that first-aid kits. The families of the students paid for some of the materials in the kits at their own expense, she said.
The emergency supply kits are designed for a variety of emergencies, from simply losing electrical power to more serious disasters involving weather or diseases, Witherspoon said. The kits are sometimes called “go kits” because families can pick them up and go if they have to evacuate their homes.
Kayla Davis, Irons Middle School reading teacher and NJHS advisor said members are required to log at least five volunteer service hours each semester, and they have a variety of places to do the volunteer work. The seven students who put together the first-aid kits worked more than five hours each on the project, she said.
Only eighth-graders are in the NJHS, and they must be invited to join the organization, Davis said.
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