Farmington Hills, Mich., December 5, 2008 – Students at Kenbrook Elementary School in Farmington Hills are trained to become reflective problem solvers and lifelong learners while developing pride in themselves and respect for each other. They and their parents developed a service project that lets the kids exercise these life skills. It’s called Projects with a Purpose. Collecting books for children to use while they are hospitalized or while they are receiving treatment in Botsford Hospital’s Emergency Center is their most recent project.
On Friday, December 5, student and parent representatives from Kenbrook met a group from Botsford Hospital in the Emergency Center Waiting Room to deliver more than 300 new and gently used age-appropriate books.
Diane Paratore, D.O., an emergency medicine physician, high-fived each of the kids and thanked them for thinking of Botsford’s patients, exclaiming, “You guys did so well!” Then, Dr. Paratore gave a tour of the Emergency Center to the group.
Two boys from the fourth grade felt that “it is cool to know that we are helping someone” and “it’s interesting to see all the different books and how generous everyone was.”
“Gifts of children’s books to Botsford Hospital are deeply appreciated. I would like to thank the students and parents of Kenbrook Elementary School for thinking of the pediatric patients at Botsford Hospital,” comments Margo Gorchow, Executive Director of The Botsford Foundation. “These wonderful books will be a welcome diversion to both children who are hospital patients and those who accompany parents to the hospital’s many waiting rooms.”
The students designed, colored and glued special book plates in all the books describing the service project and donation.
Please contact Botsford Hospital’s Community Relations Department at (248) 442-7986 to make donation delivery arrangements. Always needed books include coloring books; cardboard books for toddlers; interactive books, such as Where's Waldo?; activity/maze books for younger kids and teens; washable, plastic-coated, cardboard books for babies; and books that represent the community’s cultural diversity.
Botsford Hospital, an independent 330-bed community teaching hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2007 Governor’s Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting, and, a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.
MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Dumas, Beth Montalvo or Stacy Brand
PHONE: (248) 442-7986