Chattahoochee Tech students in the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program were among those from the college who volunteered at Hasty Elementary School in Canton for the Jumpstart Read for the Record event on Oct. 28.
The Chattahoochee Tech OTA students read to elementary school students of all ages from 29 classrooms, including children with disabilities. The book selected by Jumpstart for this year’s Read for the Record day was “Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon,” by Kat Zhang. Jumpstart’s annual “Read for the Record” day is a national initiative to increase awareness about the importance and impact of early literacy.
“This project allowed our OTA students to connect classroom learning in our pediatrics class with real-life kids in the school environment,” said Chattahoochee Tech OTA Program Director and Lead Instructor Amy Shaffer. “We appreciate Hasty Elementary welcoming us!”
Students in the Chattahoochee Tech OTA program gain skills in providing rehabilitative services to people of all ages. As occupational therapy assistants, they will work under the direction of occupational therapists.