Poster Contest with Area Schools Helps to Raise Stroke Awareness
In an effort to educate students, their families, and the community about the signs of and treatment for stroke, physicians and clinicians of the Crozer-Keystone Health System hosted a contest for elementary, middle and high school students.
This year’s contest, which charged students with creating a button or magnet displaying a stroke-themed message, awarded a cash prize to the top elementary, middle and high school entries. Students submitted designs along with an informational sheet about stroke awareness and prevention.
Hundreds of entries were submitted, and in the end it was difficult to choose from so many creative designs, but the committee chose students from St. Philomena School in Lansdowne and Wallingford Elementary in Wallingford as the elementary winners; students from Drexel Hill Middle School as the middle school winner; and Taylor Medical Careers Program students as the high school winner. The Medical Careers Program is comprised of students from several area high schools. The winning high school students attend Springfield High School in Springfield, and Strath Haven High School in Wallingford.
“We started this annual contest a few years ago and each year we have gotten more and more kids and more and more schools involved,” says Gregory Cuculino, M.D., chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department at Taylor Hospital. “We have grown from about 50 entries to close to 250 entries this year. It is so great to see so much enthusiasm from the participants and the teachers. Each year we are amazed by the quality of work submitted by all. In the end, it helps educate the children and their families about stroke and stroke prevention."
The project was sponsored by the medical staffs of Taylor Hospital and Delaware County Memorial Hospital, in honor of National Stroke Awareness Month. It was offered to students in grades 4-12 in Delaware County. The winning designs will be mass-produced and distributed throughout the county.
Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Taylor Hospital, and Delaware County Memorial Hospital are certified by The Joint Commission as Primary Stroke Centers.