On a Roll: KMHC presents high school with new wheelchair

Lauren Clark, Contributing Writer

Photo by Lauren Clark

Kalkaska High School staff received a special gift Thursday, June 6 in the form of a new wheelchair donated by Kalkaska Memorial Health Center. KHS and Teen Health Corner staff members shown accepting the contribution included (from left): KHS Athletic Director Justin Thorington, Secretary to Principal Mary Deb Rabourn, Teen Health Corner and School Social Worker Annette Goodyear LPC, Principal Chuck Sorentino, Vice Principal John Arnold. Shown in front are Teen Health Corner staff members, Christina Brege PA-C and Kaley Tinkle RN.


KALKASKA – Kalkaska Memorial Health Center last week gifted Kalkaska High School with a brand new wheelchair after the school requested a used one.

Several situations over the last year reminded the school how much they missed the old wheelchair that always seemed to be around.

“We have needed a wheelchair for a few different reasons – illness, sports injury, and things like that,” said Mary Deb Rabourn, Kalkaska High School secretary. “The one we used to have had just gotten so old.

“We had to get rid of it; it was going to fall apart,” she added.

Rabourn emailed KMHC officials asking if the hospital had an extra or unused wheelchair that KHS could borrow or purchase. KMHC went above and beyond by purchasing and delivering a brand new chair last Thursday, June 6.

School administrative staff was on hand to receive the gift, which will be available if needed to serve the 422 students, 50-plus staff members and anyone from the public who visit the high school building.

The wheelchair donation was another representation of the supportive relationship between the hospital and local school district. Other examples of the two entities working together include providing care and services for area youth, such as offering education services on nutrition, substance abuse and reproductive health.

Additionally, the hospital staffs the Teen Health Corners in both Kalkaska and Fife Lake. In Kalkaska, the Teen Health Corner is a school-based health center open five days a week, year-round to assist youth ages 10 to 21 with a wide variety of services.

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