Math can be useful sometimes…

On February 7, 2016, the Mütter Museum celebrated National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day for the first time ever. One of the ways we decorated the building was to create a ribbon on the stair risers up the main staircase. This is not an easy thing to do. Ella, Margaret and Jayne, who are seniors from Friends Select School, with the assistance of Kevin and Ja’Nelle, two of our KJF3 students, created and installed the ribbon. You can see how complicated it is and it took hours to complete, but the end result was very eye-catching. It immediately indicated that something special was happening on this day in the museum.

The designs for the ribbon for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, 2/7/2016

Our volunteers carefully mapped out the dimensions…

Students in the Karabots Junior Fellows Program assembling the ribbon for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, on the College of Physicians steps, 2/7/2016

…then worked together to put their plan for the ribbon into action!

The completed ribbon commemorating National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, 2/6/2016

The end result is amazing.

The event was a huge success with more than 70 people getting tested for HIV. Many more left with greater knowledge of the disease. The ribbon provided the perfect “photo spot” for many people during the day.

Attendees of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day posing in front of the NBHAAD ribbon, 2/6/2016

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