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Temple Med Students Volunteer as Science Teachers at Nearby Public School

(Temple medical school student Meredith Manire, right, with some of her students at Bethune Elementary School in North Philadelphia.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

(Temple medical school student Meredith Manire, right, with some of her students at Bethune Elementary School in North Philadelphia. Credit: Paul Kurtz)

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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Sixty-five medical students at Temple University have taken a nearby, financially strapped public school under their wing.

The first- and second-year medical students knocked on the doors of Bethume Elementary School last year after hearing that the school did not have a science teacher.  They’re back  this year, with an expanded program that includes a science fair.

Eighth grader Junius Wilson says their med student mentors had them conduct all kinds of experiments.

“The taste test experiment, plants… a lot of stuff,” he recalled.  “And this is a great opportunity for us, and we just thank Temple for giving us the opportunity to learn about science because there’s not a lot of science at Bethune.”

“I love working with the kids — they’re great kids,” says Meredith Manire (at right in photo), one of the volunteer teachers.  “Being at Temple med school you don’t get to see a lot of the community, sometimes, so it’s nice to be able to interact and work with the kids here.  I mean, they’re right in our backyard, so to speak.”

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