New Britain Health Academy Receives Petit Family Foundation Grant

Submitted by Kate Roy, Consolidated School District of New Britain, on 2013-02-13.


The New Britain Academy for Health Professions has been awarded a $14,000 grant from the Petit Family Foundation to help fund a major exhibit at its annual Health Promotion and Wellness Fair. The grant will be used to bring the "MEGA Body" inflatable exhibit to the fair, which takes place April 9 at New Britain High School.

The "MEGA Body" exhibit is a larger-than-life, walk-through model of the entire human body. It is a great way for students to experience the inner workings of various systems and individual parts of the body. Healthy functioning is depicted, along with preventative measures to help avoid common diseases.

Maria Pietrantuono, Health Academy consultant, said the Health Academy is once again fortunate to have the Petit Family Foundation as a benefactor.

"We were privileged to have Dr. Bill Petit take three hours out of his busy schedule to be a guest speaker in Mrs. Malliet's two Health Academy classes recently; students were inspired by his thoughtful words and wisdom," she said."Dr. Petit believes in the mission of our Health Academy and how it prepares students to pursue their passion for healthcare and medicine."

"This program at NBHS clearly is a model for other high schools in Connecticut as we attempt to increase the number of students who want to prepare for careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines. The Petit Family Foundation is very proud to help the Health Academy at NBHS and feels that this program will excel in helping students towards careers in health related fields," said Dr. Bill Petit.

Last year, a grant from the Petit Family Foundation funded the "MEGA Brain" and "MEGA Heart" exhibits at the health fair at New Britain High School.