Elementary Students Raise Money for Crozer’s Burn Center
For nearly a month, third-grade students from the Gov. Charles G. Harker School in Woolwich Township, N.J., created gift items to be sold to students, teachers, staff and parents as part of a “Thanksgiving Shop” fund-raiser. The sale raised nearly $560, which they donated to the Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
On Jan. 29, the students were thanked in person by Crozer representatives Joseph Saunders, president, and Cynthia Reigart, nurse director of the Burn Treatment Center. Saunders and Reigart also invited Nathan Foreman, a 10-year-old former burn patient, and his mother Linette Foreman, to attend.
Saunders and Reigart presented the children with certificates for their creativity and generosity, while the students asked the visitors a range of questions about the hospital and caring for burn patients.
Saunders said that the money raised will be used not for treatment, but to assist patients and their families in other ways, like contributing to tolls or items to make a stay in the hospital more comfortable.
“For kids this young to show caring and empathy and the way they thought their way through it really impressed me,” Saunders told the Gloucester County Times, which covered the visit. “It really says a lot about this school, about this community, the teachers and this principal because what they’re teaching is obviously working. These are lessons well-learned. Their parents should be proud.”