Pikeville Elementary teacher, Shawne Wells and husband, Kelly Wells, UPike head basketball coach, knows the value of life and the importance of organ donation. After battling a battle against kidney disease, Coach Wells benefitted from a kidney donated by his wife, Shawne.
Based on their life experience, the Wells are passionate about informing the public about the importance of making healthy choices and the importance of organ and tissue donation. To promote this message, ten agencies came together to educate fourth and fifth graders about the functions of their organs and the importance of healthy choices.
Fourth and fifth graders visited ten hands-on stations featuring presentations on various body organs such as the heart, lungs and liver. At other stations students enjoyed demonstrations of the effects of smoking, the importance of eating healthy and the importance of donating blood.