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Published on June 19, 2014

Elementary Students from Charles G. Harker School Donate $1,425 to
Crozer Burn Treatment Center

Crozer-Keystone Health System

Media Contact:
Aubrey Proud
(610) 447-6171
Aubrey.Proud@crozer.org

Harker Elementary Students Present Check to Crozer Burn Center.

Students from the Charles G. Harker School present a check for
$1,425 to Crozer Burn Center staff members, Cynthia L.
Reigart, BSN, RN and Gerarda Bozinko, BSN, RN, CCRN. Also
pictured is teacher Kathleen Bonner.

Upland, Pa – Students, parents and faculty from the Charles G. Harker School in Woolwich Township, NJ visited the Crozer Burn Treatment Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, PA on June 11 to present a $1,425 donation. The group from the Harker School planned the field trip as a celebration of their year-long fund-raising efforts. The 3rd, 4th and 5th graders participated in a Gifted and Talented Math program offered through the Harker School and led by teacher Kathleen Bonner that offered real-world scenarios and encouraged philanthropic endeavors.

During the school year, the students managed “shops” to raise money for the Crozer Burn Center. The students chose the beneficiary as a result of a relationship that has existed between the medical center and school for more than five years. They learned business skills and exceeded their goal of $1,000 as they managed a Thanksgiving Shop, a “Candy-Cane Cart” at Christmas, a “Heart Cart” for Valentine’s Day, and a “Spring Shop.” Kathleen Bonner commented, “The excitement from the students has been overwhelming. I have been truly blessed this year. During the Spring Shop, I was able to let go of the reigns as they were able to apply their skills of what it takes to run a business.”

With the fund-raising campaign completed, the students arrived at the Crozer Burn Center full of questions for outreach staff and paramedics. A virtual tour was led by Gerarda Bozinko BSN, RN, CCRN, burn outreach program coordinator and clinical educator for the Crozer Burn Center, and Larry Worrilow, assistant chief EMS and director ICESIS, SIM Lab for Crozer-Keystone. They guided the students through “What happens in a burn center?” and “What is a paramedic?” presentations followed by interactive activities, including practice on CPR manikins and ambulance tours courtesy of Crozer-Keystone Emergency Medical Services.

Bozinko commented, “It is so wonderful that these students were motivated by helping our burn center and, in particular, our patients through their recovery. We enjoy opportunities to partner with schools to educate young people and their families on the importance of burn prevention and fire safety, and we wish these students much success with their bright futures ahead.”   

Founded in 1973, the Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center is the only burn facility in suburban Philadelphia providing comprehensive treatment for burn patients and their families — from emergency and intensive care to rehabilitation, follow-up and outpatient services. Recognized as a national leader in burn care, the Crozer Burn Center has been verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons, is a center of excellence for both pediatric and adult burn patients and was the first in the region to provide this standard of care for patients of all ages.  For more information, visit http://crozerburn.crozerkeystone.org.

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