Friday, February 26, 2010
“We all know what it feels like to be sick, but not really sick,” says McKinley 5th grader Kate Kemmet.
Wanting to make sick kids feel better is why Kate and other peer mediators from McKinley Elementary raised money to donate to the Women’s and Children’s unit at Norman Regional’s HealthPlex hospital.
Kate got the idea to donate to the HealthPlex from her grandmother, director of Emergency Services, Joan Greenleaf. “My grandmother told me that there was a new hospital being built and that they could use extra money for toys,” said Kate. “So I made a presentation to my peer group about the hospital being built and how great it would be to help out and my project was chosen.”
By baking cookies, cupcakes and pies and making lemonade to sell at a school function, the group raised nearly $200 to give to the unit. The money donated was used to purchase a radio flyer wagon and a table and chairs for the playroom. “The kids can enjoy these new toys anytime they want to get away from their hospital room to relax and maybe sit and watch a movie,” said Mari Newcomer, manager of the Children’s unit. “It’s such a nice donation these students made.”
“We wanted to make it feel more comfortable and more like home for the kid patients,” said student Amanda Wilkins. “We hope it helps them feel less scared and more relaxed. We’re lucky enough to not be in the hospital and sick. It’s the least we can do.”