There are many meetings held across the UTMB campus every day, addressing the serious business of health care, education and research. Then there is one meeting where the sole agenda item is how to make children laugh. In the monthly meeting of the Student Caring Clown Organization, Rick Rack and her fellow officers, Snickers, Freckles, Princess Jingles and Beautiful Britches, tackle issues such as face painting, balloon animals and magic tricks. Topping the agenda at a recent meeting was their annual fundraiser, April Fools for Health Smile Campaign, geared toward supplying UTMB’s clown troupe with all it needs to keep kids smiling. “For a $20 smile contribution, we can purchase 40 red foam clown noses, 300 balloons for sculpting animals, 625 smiley clown face stickers, 1,000 happy face stickers and miles and miles of smiles,” Carolyn Pearce (Rick Rack), president of the group, said. “We will have tables set up in both the John Sealy and student cafeterias every Tuesday in April to accept donations.” Joanne Salt of UTMB’s Office of Public Affairs wrote this article.

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