NORFOLK -- Before some first year students at EVMS even open a book, they rolled up their sleeves to spruce up P.B. Young, Sr. Elementary School.
"I feel like as physicians, part of our job is to help people,” said first year student Pierce Welch. “But how do you help people without connecting with people? I feel like these experiences help us to connect and understand our patients in a way that will allow us to do our job in a much more efficient and better manner," he said.
With the establishment of the Brock Institute of Community Health at EVMS, this is the first ever Community Impact Day. 300 new students will be packing their backpacks for back to school here.
"So all these students that train here - that become great doctors and health professionals - not only can do that in their careers, but they recognize the community in which they live, and provide service learning finding ways to improve their communities wherever they practice around Virginia and around the country," said Richard Homan, president of EVMS.
PB Young Elementary School has been busy this summer holding an eight-week enrichment camp with 310 students.
"Custodial staff, teachers are due to come back in the next week and a half. And when I was approached with this over two and a half months ago it was divine intervention. Perfect timing to say help," added Alana Balthazar, principal of P.B. Young Elementary School.
What teacher wouldn't be thrilled to have a classroom ready for the 468 students who attend P.B. Young?
"So it's going to start off a great year,” concluded second grade teacher Chante Lambert. “My bulletin board is getting done; my classroom is getting extra service, so I am excited.I am finally going to start the year off organized," she laughed.