GALLIPOLIS — With the Bossard Memorial Library being the first library in the world to display the Bodies Revealed exhibit, it has attracted 7,766 visitors to the small town of Gallipolis in its first seven weeks.
“Everyday, (the count) changes,” said Library Director Debbie Saunders. “We had River Valley Middle School in. We had a few charter buses who brought students from Charleston, W.Va., here who are preparing for careers in the medical field.”
Recently, according to Library Director Debbie Saunders, one week attracted roughly 150 Gallia Academy seventh grade students locally which visited the exhibit in a two hour time frame. Teachers told Saunders students desired to return to the library as they were excited to engage in more of the exhibits. Time during the school day was not enough.
Amy Johnson, a Gallia Academy teacher, reached out to the library and asked if they thought it might be possible to attract professionals from the Holzer Health System to provide informational sessions in conjunction with the Bodies Revealed exhibits. Saunders said Holzer specialists did visit with students to supplement their knowledge of health and anatomy. Specialists such as a nurse practitioner, a mortician, a medical doctor, a nurse anesthetist, x-ray technician and registered nurse were noted to interact with the students.
Saunders said she had received several letters from students throughout the county saying the planned on pursuing a medical career in part due to the exhibit.
“Our schools not only locally are attending and the feedback we’re getting is great,” said Saudners. “We recently had a school from Sugarcreek Ohio book a reservation and they’re almost three hours away. We’ve also been receiving feedback from local restaurants saying they’re seeing a lot more traffic. Our economy is being stimulated while we’re also providing educational value.”
“I applaud the efforts of educators such as Mrs. Amy Johnson, who scheduled classroom visits and presentations by local medical professionals as a supplement to what these students were able to learn as a result of visiting the Bodies Revealed exhibition at Bossard Library,” said Library Board President Robbie Jenkins.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.