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Boone students volunteer with Back 2 School Festival

The Boone cohort of the Wake Forest PA Program’s Class of 2017 moved up to Boone in early July, after completing Unit 1 on the Winston-Salem campus. The distant campus in Boone is a partnership between Wake Forest and Appalachian State University and has the goal of helping to expand the number of clinicians providing health care in Western North Carolina. PA students and faculty were excited about arriving in Boone and exploring the options provided in the new campus.

On Saturday, August 8, many Boone students volunteered during the Back 2 School Festival held at Watauga High School. This local program is designed to improve Watauga County students’ school readiness by providing school supplies, thrift store gift cards, haircuts, activities, information, and food.

Boone PA student Elise Rosenow helped organize the class. “The number of people in Watauga County living below the poverty line is pushing 30%,” she said, “so this event really takes some of the financial burden of buying school supplies off of the families. It was really a wonderful experience to be involved with. Seeing how happy the kids were to go from choosing their back pack to loading it with all of their supplies was priceless.” During the festival, PA students helped distribute backpacks, folders, binders, paper, and other school necessities – some of which Wake Forest PA students and faculty donated themselves. [written by Jennifer Kole, Class of 2017; photos courtesy of Rebecca Moore]

Boone students Back to School 1

Left to right: Jessica Rotolo, Kailyn Campbell, Jennifer Kole, Matthew Blunden and Caroline Thoreson

Boone students Back to School 2

Aynsley Wright, Katie Quinley, and Beth Middleton


Boone students Back to School 3

Ali Garel and Cate McLean



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