Georgia Heritage Federal Credit Union recently donated more than 50 teddy bears to children who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to participate in an interactive learning experience called Teddy Bear Clinic.
The Teddy Bear Clinic, led by Mercer University School of Medicine students, was the highlight of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System’s 10th annual Student Success Expo & STEM Festival, which attracted about 15,000 participants.
Children who joined the Teddy Bear Clinic used stuffed animals they’d brought from home as “patients.” They learned to assess the health of their plush patients and to treat several medical issues proposed by the instructors. They even learned how immunizations work.
The “clinic” wasn’t just fun – it was a way to educate kids about their own health and to increase their comfort around medical professionals.
But not all children were able to bring stuffed animals to the expo. That’s where Georgia Heritage Federal Credit Union’s donation came in. The credit union was the only organization to donate stuffed animals to the clinic, inviting participation by children who otherwise would have missed the educational opportunity.
“At Georgia Heritage, our mission statement is ‘making a positive difference for our members and the communities we serve,’” said Georgia Heritage Federal Credit Union President and CEO Dale Taratuta. “We couldn’t pass up the chance to serve our community by ensuring all our children have the opportunity to participate in an event that educates them about their health.”
Besides participating in the Teddy Bear Clinic, Georgia Heritage Federal Credit Union also brought Olive the Owl, the credit union’s Youth Account mascot, to interact with children at the expo.