Hangin’ with an MCC campus president on Presidents’ Day

MCC-Penn Valley President Joe Seabrooks chats with elementary students during a lunch at the Health Science Institute.
MCC-Penn Valley President Joe Seabrooks chats with elementary students during a lunch at the Health Science Institute. (Photos by Matt Scharhag and Clare Otto/MCC)

About 20 elementary students from Kansas City Public Schools spent part of Presidents’ Day — a day off for them — having lunch with an actual president: Dr. Joe Seabrooks, who leads MCC-Penn Valley.

The kids took part in making a video for President Barack Obama.
The kids took part in making a video for President Barack Obama.

Seabrooks worked with Melissa Robinson, a member of the KCPS Board of Directors, to host a group of 7- to 9-year-olds on Feb. 15. Seabrooks and the kids had lunch (pizza, salad and cookies) at the Health Science Institute and took a tour of the health-care programs there. One lunch topic: the children’s futures.

“It is important that we work with young students to get them excited about education and all of the possibilities it can provide,” Seabrooks said. Hearing their hopes and thoughts on life, “I will walk away being inspired by them.”

"41 Action News" reporter Tara Hall interviewed students for a story about the Presidents' Day event.
“41 Action News” reporter Terra Hall interviewed students for a story about the Presidents’ Day event.

Donovan Nolan, an 8-year-old University Academy student, said he enjoyed lunch with President Seabrooks.

“We had lots of questions and he liked answering them,” said Donovan, who’d like to be an engineer when he grows up.

President Obama was a focus of the day, too. The KCPS students were interviewed for a video that was being sent to the White House that afternoon. And when they posed for a group picture, the kids shouted in unison, “Happy Presidents’ Day, Barack Obama!”

Here’s a link to the student video, produced by KCPS: youtube.com/watch?v=tfI423rgEOI

Here’s a story by KSHB’s Terra Hall for “The Now”:  youtube.com/watch?v=a5LhUBdkyew

And here’s coverage by Fox 4: youtube.com/watch?v=akTUbFZ8ID

The students' tour of the Virtual Hospital inside the Health Science Institute included this birthing simulator, which produces a rubber baby.
The students’ tour of the Virtual Hospital inside the Health Science Institute included this birthing simulator, which produces a rubber baby.

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