PTA Club

PTA Club Advisor: B.J. Simmons
Ext. 2329 or simmonsb@kellogg.edu

The Physical Therapist Assistant Club at Kellogg Community College is interested in education, community service and promoting awareness of physical therapy.

Purpose

We have three purposes upon which our club was founded:

  1. Education: To enrich and broaden the views and knowledge of current and future PTA students related to the field of physical therapy and the role of the PTA in the medical field.
  2. Community service: To sponsor community service opportunities related and unrelated to the field of physical Ttherapy.
  3. Awareness: To sponsor community/campus activities which promote awareness of areas which concern physical therapy.

Club Officers

  • President:
  • Vice President:
  • Secretary:
  • Treasurer:
  • Club Advisor: Barbara “BJ” Simmons

Membership

Membership eligibility is provided to all students enrolled in KCC’s PTA Program as well as any KCC student interested in pursuing the PTA field.

PTA Club Meeting Dates

Stay tuned for future PTA Club meeting dates.

Past and Present Project Descriptions

Many of our projects are purposefully set up so alumni and other area clinicians who wish to join us in our activities may do so and are welcome. For more information about the PTA Club, contact Club Advisor B.J. Simmons at 269-965-3931 ext. 2329 or simmonsb@kellogg.edu.

Habitat for Humanity

Members worked on repairs or initial construction of homes for low income or disabled persons. These projects usually took place on weekends.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

The PTA club has taken part in the Race for the Cure for Breast Cancer. We raise money for the organization, which helps fund research and also provides funding assistance to provide mammograms to detect early breast cancer. The race itself can be a true race for those athletes who want to participate or a leisurely walk for those who are not athletically inclined.

Elementary School Volunteering

This is a program where KCC PTA students go to the schools to work with one child for 30 minutes per week. They read to a child or have the child read to them, work on math, spelling words or other areas in which the child needs extra attention.

S.A.F.E. House Adopt-A-Room

Students raised money and offered time/labor to redecorate rooms in the Battle Creek S.A.F.E. House. Activities included painting, collecting furniture, lamps, etc. for the room and providing finishing touches.

Community Inclusive Recreation Activities

(There may also be some Special Olympics activities available, but the timing of the regular games does not coincide with schedules of the PTA Program). The C.I.R. has bowling as a local event here in Battle Creek. They also have dances and other events throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to assist persons with physical impairments with bowling (volunteers bowl as well). You do not have to know anything about bowling in order to take part.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets

Our members collect food, gifts and clothing for families through the Community Action agency. Holiday meals and Christmas gifts are presented to brighten the holiday for others.

Christmas Caroling

The members of this committee go to local nursing homes over the holiday season and spend the evening with residents, sharing songs and goodwill as we carol in the dining room and along the hallways. The clients always enjoy the activity and the students have a great time, too.

Shirt Sale

Every fall we sell T-shirts, sweatshirts and golf shirts with the KCC PTA logo on them. If you are a past graduate and would like to buy one, contact B.J. Simmons at simmonsb@kellogg.edu.

Scholarship Research for PTA Education

Students on this project will do research to determine types of scholarships available. That list will then be written up as a possible resource for students in the PTA Program.

Humane Society

Members volunteer time to play with the animals, assist with paperwork, clean kennels and so on.

Legacy Scholar Career Days

Fifth graders from area schools come to KCC for a series of career days. There are a number of Fridays in which six groups of approximately 20 students rotate through a variety of presentations. We teach them about PTA as a career choice and get them active with therapy balls, skeletons, wheelchairs, etc. Fun!

Donations of Gently Used Items

Right after the Christmas holidays, our students collect gently used items to present to area shelters, the Charitable Union, etc. The club votes each year to determine the recipients.

Care Packages to U.S. Military Troops

Students provide items for the troops. Those working on the project determine which units/individuals receive the items.

Greeting Card Campaign for Nursing Homes/Shelters

Students provide cards, postage and well-wishes to persons in facilities (shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, etc.) to provide a positive personal greeting for those individuals.

Recycling Program

Students in this committee will gather ideas then put into action some recycling projects around the department and possibly the campus. Those who sign up get to determine the extent of the project.