Kappa Psi equips pediatric waiting room at local clinic

BROOKINGS – Waiting for a throat culture or shot isn’t exactly like a trip to the park, but for children visiting Avera Medical Group Brookings, it’s at least a little more like a trip to the library.

Thanks to the efforts of the Gamma Kappa chapter of Kappa Psi pharmacy fraternity, the clinic now is equipped with three tables, six chairs, book holders and several hardcover books and tabletop animal figures for children ages 2 to 10. It was undertaken as a part of Kappa Psi’s national Reach Out and Read Campaign.

Prior to receiving the grant, Avera Medical Group Brookings had some reading materials for children, but the grant allowed the clinic to build on and refresh what was already there.

Gary Van Riper, adviser for Gamma Kappa, said funds were made available at the national level for such projects with the money made available on a competitive basis. Gamma Kappa’s application was selected from the Upper Midwest region and received $1,000.

Patrick Siegling, clinic director for Avera Medical Group Brookings, said “reading is an important developmental activity for our pediatric patients, and any effort to promote reading is beneficial. We were thrilled to receive this grant and are thankful for the books and items that were part of it.”

COURTESY OF: SDSU Marketing & Communications

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