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St. Luke’s Nursing Students Organize “Backpacks To Brighten”

St. Luke’s Nursing Students Organize
“Backpacks To Brighten”

Project provides school supplies and backpacks to young students in need

Bethlehem, PA (8/12/2014) --
Children who might otherwise not have pencils or paper will start the school year fully stocked with school supplies and brand-new backpacks thanks to the St. Luke’s “Backpacks to Brighten” project. Students from the St. Luke’s School of Nursing (SON) organized the drive to gather school supplies and backpacks donated by St. Luke’s hospital staff and volunteers. The students stuffed each backpack with age-appropriate items and distributed them to families to begin the school year.

Families are selected from the Parent Advocate in the Home (PATH) program and the Visiting Nurse Advocate for the County (VNAC) program which serve families who may need parenting support, education or assistance. PATH and VNAC are programs of the Visiting Nurse Association of St. Luke’s.

“These kids often do not have basic school supplies,” says SON Student Nurses Association advisor Nancy Kanuck. “The goal of the project is to fill this need and make the children feel special.”

For more information about the VNAC program: http://www.slhn.org/en/Conditions-Services/Community-Health/VNAC.aspx

For more information about the PATH program: http://www.slhn.org/Conditions-Services/Community-Health/PATH.aspx

 

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Pictured is Diana Witczak, RN, Supervisor, Nurse Family Partnership, Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of St. Luke’s; Betsy Genthner, LPN, PATH program, VNA of St. Luke’s; Sara Klingner, MSN, CNM, RN, Director of Maternal Child Health Initiatives, St. Luke’s University Health Network; Helen Willis, RN, VNAC program, VNA of St. Luke’s.   John Stragratanio and Jazmine Stragratanio search for the perfect backpack in an overwhelming supply assembled in a cooperative effort between St. Luke’s School of Nursing students and St. Luke’s Maternal/Child Health programs.
     
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John examines the content of a backpack with the encouragement of St. Luke’s School of Nursing student Nicole Meyer, Class of Spring 2015.   St. Luke’s School of Nursing student Ashley Muschlitz, Class of Spring 2015, hugs Jazmine, who is ready for school with her new Princess Sofia backpack and school supplies.


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St. Luke's University Health Network
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