We look forward to joining hands 'n' hearts with your school this holiday season, and beyond!
Joining Hands 'n' Hearts with Your School:
Schools: Much of the magic of books 'n' blankets tends to lie in the multitude of avenues, and to varying extents, through which virtually everyone might become involved in warming the lives of our area's pediatric population this holiday season, and beyond! Enjoy this sampling of ways in which you might choose to join our hands 'n' heart made endeavors:
-Classroom/Grade Level Book Donation: Perhaps each classroom/grade level would enjoy voting on just one particular book to donate altogether, which contains a message they feel might make a meaningful difference in a child's life. Curriculum Connection: You might incorporate a discussion of text features/literary elements (i.e. theme) motivating this choice; additionally, students could write a literary analysis on their text of choice.
-Classroom/Grade Level/School Wide Book Drive:Alternatively, from November 2nd-December 4th, you might wish to organize a "book drive," in which classroom/ grade level/school wide efforts strive toward collecting as many books possible, in order to gift the treasure of reading to another child. Curriculum Connection: You might develop an ongoing graph of text genre collected, further enhanced with a mini review of characteristic elements.
-Individual Staff/Student/Parent Blanket Creation Donation: Do you, your students, or parents enjoy making tie blankets? Feel free to join us in the "Blankets" component of the "Books 'n' Blankets" service outreach as well. Pre-made donations are always welcome! Additionally, we will be holding a blanket making event on campus come late November (date TBA); however, if a group of students are interested, the organization could perhaps visit your school, and host an additional after school mini blanket making event for students and staff. Students could either choose to bring their own fleece fabric, or else SNA could bring fabric from our generous community donors. Curriculum Connection: You might model a "How To" writing lesson on "How to Make a Tie Blanket," or perhaps a math mini lesson on measurement/area.
Video Clip: Feel free to heighten your students understanding of who they're donating to by sharing this slideshow video clip featuring HSHS St. Vincent's Pediatric Hematology/Oncology unit; just click the button below. And/or, perhaps you are teaching a lesson on community/career; if so, show one or both the nursing video below.
How About PR/Drop-Boxes? The creation of promotional visuals, newsletters etc. may be something you desire for full immersion in accordance with your grade level's specific core standards; if not, SNA will be happy to provide your school with flyers to display and hand-outs for weekly folders to enhance awareness and involvement. On Monday, November 2nd, we were honored to collaborate with WBAY for LIVE coverage to launch the event. Additionally, HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in particular is eager and excited to collaborate in this exciting endeavor, and will be featuring the happenings of "Books 'n' Blankets" within their internal newsletter, as well as contacting external media sources for coverage the week of our delivery. Perhaps, it could be arranged for a couple of students and a staff member to join us as we deliver the bundles.
Must the Books be Brand New? All books and fabrics must be brand new to protect the fragile immune systems of the hospitalized children. For those wishing to curb costs, one might consider paper-back opposed to hard-cover, the Kohl’s for Kids $5 books, The Dollar Tree or Target $1 book section, or else the fabulous deals guaranteed to be found in the Scholastic book orders. We are hoping to collect books for a wide range of grade levels PK-8th.
What is the Timeline?: We will be kicking-off the event campus-wide beginningMonday, October 31st with flyers and drop-box bins ready for promotions and donations. Mid-late November, we plan on hosting an on-campus blanket making event. Monday, December 5th, all donations/creations are due so they may be delivered by week's end.
We so hope you will join us, in hand 'n' heart. Please message me below, indicating in which way you wish to become involved!
Here's to the kids!
NWTC Student Nurses Association
Stephanie M. Fritsch NWTC Registered Student Nurse B.S. Elementary Education, UW-Green Bay NWTC Student Nurses Association Community Service Chair Alumni
Feel free to print the image below to promote "Books 'n' Blankets" for Pediatrics: