On May 1 students in Sue Sonsalla’s 4th grade class at Eagle Point Elementary School visited Hometown Pharmacy as part of their Adopt-a-Class program. Through this program, teachers and local business people organize several activities with students throughout the year. At the end of each year, students are invited to visit the business. Hometown Pharmacy’s Vicki Sobczak has been working with Sonsalla’s class for several years. Each year she invites the students for a visit to the Pharmacy where she sets up stations for students to experience how the pharmacy and gift shop areas operate.
Started in 1997, the adopt-a-class program matches an elementary school class with a local business. According to Debbie Brewster, Coordinator of School/Community Relations, “the program provides an opportunity for local businesses to develop a long-term relationship with students. The teacher and business person work together to provide students with an insight into future careers, learn appropriate work ethics, and apply school work to the world outside of the classroom.”