Weekly Blog: A Few Quick Thoughts From Mr. McDowell

Our Galileo Health Academy (GHA) learning community has been blessed by having some great community partners. For over ten years, our juniors have been visiting California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) once a week to explore careers in health. CPMC also provides us with opportunities to participate as volunteers and as interns – the famous “Galileo Summer Internship Program.” Most recently, CPMC has been instrumental in bringing well-needed support to Galileo’s Academy and Pathway programs by partially sponsoring Mark Bayangos. St. Francis steps up four times a year and allows us to visit their Burn Unit and their Sports Medicine Center. City College of San Francisco (CCSF) provides the GHA with college level classes. All Juniors take Medical Terminology and All Seniors take an Emergency Medical Technician Certification class. All of our students earn college credit before graduating from Galileo. GHA Seniors facilitate a blood drive at Galileo with our partners from Blood Bank of the Pacific. We save lives! For several years, the American Heart Association (AHA) has sponsored a wonderful trip to Sacramento so our Juniors can lobby for well needed health legislation. This year, the AHA brought a healthy eating/health choices cooking program into our community once a week for eight weeks. Each year, our students create community health public service announcements (PSA’s) that are played in the waiting rooms of North East Medical Center clinics city-wide. Lastly, but certainly not least, a big thank you to the parents who have supported our efforts to bring excellence to our program. When all is said and done, all of these great partners bring the GHA wonderful opportunities that would not be available otherwise. With California ranking 48th in per pupil spending, it should be obvious that our school budget does not allow for these learning experiences. So, a big Thank You for all of the support! Much appreciated. Happy Thanksgiving, Mr. McDowell