Hospital Receives Children’s Book Donation from Local Elementary School

Jun 14, 2017
Courtesy of: Southern Ocean Medical Center Representatives of the Student Government at George J. Mitchell Elementary School in Little Egg Harbor coordinated a book drive to donate children’s books to the Martin Truex Jr. Pediatric Care Center in the emergency department at Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center.

Children in The Martin Truex Jr. Pediatric Care Center, located in the Emergency Department at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, have books to read, thanks to a donation from other children.

The Pediatric Care Center has received a donation of children’s books from students at the George J. Mitchell Elementary School in Little Egg Harbor Township.

The book donation was this year’s community service project. Every year, the school’s student government is required to choose at least one local service project to help members of their community.

Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades brainstormed many ideas and, based on one student’s experience in the Emergency Department, they determined that donating their own treasured story books, games and activity books to the pediatric patients in the hospital’s ED would bring happiness and comfort for those waiting for care.

To make their idea happen, the students arranged a book drive, which they called “A Book Opens Happiness.”

Between April 17 and 28 they collected 14 boxes of books from students and staff at the school.

Children have their own family-friendly area in the Martin Truex Jr. Pediatric Care Center at the medical center. The area features six private rooms for families to comfort their children and has an overnight observation room for children requiring overnight care.  —M.S.




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