UTB Students Give Back on Alternative Spring Break

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 9:59am

It may not be a wild and crazy spring break, but it's one that many UTB students will remember.

“This is a rewarding experience, not just for the people that come and learn different things but for the people that are making this happen,” said Civic Engagement Scholar, Monica Sosa.

Monday’s health fair has been put together by students from the Center for Civic Engagement at UTB.

"To be involved with our community and we want to help with this good living and health and all those kinds of things, that's why we're here," said student volunteer, Camilla Nunez.

Free blood pressure screenings, vision, dental, BMI and glucose screenings were provided, as well as many take away items.

"There's actually free stuff here you can get for a whole year even if you don't have insurance or Medicare, it will help you a lot," said student volunteer Carla Lozano.

And free is always good...

"A lot of families don't have the medical attention or they don't have the insurance to go in and get checkups and that's who we are targeting," said Civic Engagement Scholar Leader, Yuri Soto.

One of the health fair goers agreed...

"For people that are really, our budget, that are barely making it in this environment, it is a good thing," said health fair attendee, Marisela Hernandez.

Probably one of the biggest money savers offered at Monday’s health fair were the free vaccines.

Tentanus, MMR and the newly required vaccine for college students, the meningitis vaccine, are all pretty pricey; especially the meningitis vaccine.

"It actually helped me save 250-dollars because I went to check at Walgreens,160-dollars and plus how much they charge you to put it in for you, " said college student Beatriz Escobedo.

The vaccines, free supplies and the entire event itself, was made possible through several outside business and sponsors as well.

"When the community gets together and partners, and UTB has their students here, it's really the community giving back to the community and that's amazing," said Soto.

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