A Leadership Class of Polson Middle School students are sharing their smiles, positive life perspectives, empathy, respect and curiosity with cancer patients at Polson Oncology Clinic on Tuesdays.
teacher, Nicole Dubuque Camel, has a connection with Cheerful Heart and
the oncology clinic. Her father, Don Dubuque, was a vital cancer thriver
who felt strongly about supporting fellow cancer patients until his
death in April of 2010. He was a constant presence at the clinic for
years while he was in or out of treatment.
rotate involvement in the community as well as in school. The class
meets five days a week and work includes classroom mentoring, welcoming
new students, organizing school-wide fundraisers in addition to the
volunteer work at Cheerful Heart. Students give time, keep a journal and
spend time talking amongst themselves and with Nicole about their
experiences. At the oncology clinic, in addition to serving soup and
stocking snack items, students spend time developing relationships. They
have learned to respect the needs of all patients. When a patient needs
privacy and quiet, the students have learned to respect that need and
add the experience to their journal and in follow-up discussions.
says the students look forward to Tuesday more than any other day, and
it seems that the majority of patients enjoy the youthful, hopeful
perspectives of the students as well. Friendships have developed, in
fact, one student has written a letter to a young relative of a current
cancer patient. Nicole feels strongly that "we are not growing if we are
not serving others." She echoes the probable sentiments of her father…
"It is a blessed and sacred time…”
Polson Middle School students bring a positive,
hopeful attitude to the Polson Oncology Clinic.
Pictured with Cheerful Heart volunteer Jane Holland (right) students from left: Sophia Moderner, Tana Allison and Maggie Todd.
From left: Taleah Hernandez, Jazlyn Dalbey and