Thanks to all who helped with the Remote Area Medical (RAM) Clinic hosted by GCHS this past weekend. See letter below.
I want to take this opportunity to share with you how grateful I am that Gadsden City High School was selected to host the RAM (Remote Area Medical) event this past weekend. The organization and volunteers bragged all weekend about how well we accommodated them. They marveled at the size of our school and campus, about how well designed and clean it was, and asked that I extend their appreciation to all who were involved in making this great event happen after a two-year postponement.
I want to personally extend my gratitude to our participating custodians, who were on the spot making sure every spill or other unsanitary mishap that occurred was taken care of immediately; to the selected members of our cafeteria staff who were on duty, showing the volunteers how to navigate around what they thought was the best facility they had ever worked out of; to the eighteen or so local churches that provided the food; to the coaches who were responsible for rounding up the young men from the football team who were invaluable during the setting up and dismantling of the event, as well as for those who assisted on Sunday afternoon; to the two instructors from Business Education and Health Occupations respectively for selecting and supporting your student volunteers, and to a very special ROTC cadet (Guess who!) Of course, if I failed to recognize anyone else from Gadsden City High School who was on duty, please charge it to my sight and not my heart.
Early estimates indicated there were over 600 people who took advantage of more than $330,000.00 worth of medical, dental, and vision services, including diagnostic testing, cleanings, extractions, replacements, and eyeglasses, at absolutely no cost to the patients. More than 400 volunteers were involved in the event from set-up to conclusion and unfortunately, I cannot name them all. I do, however, want to recognize Dr. Lew Mitchell, who introduced us to this opportunity, the first of its kind in the state of Alabama, more than two years ago. I’m certain he will express his gratitude, on our behalf, to those amazing volunteers, both locals and out of towners.
Gadsden City, I think these are the types of events that define who we are or at least who we aim to be as a pillar of the City of Gadsden and Etowah County. I want us to continue to strive to be innovators, to be servant leaders to our community, and to continue in our efforts to successfully fulfill our promise of making Gadsden City one of the top performing and most respected school systems in the country. If that is to become true…It is up to YOU!
Tony Reddick, Superintendent