Submitted by Oswego Health
Oswego Hospital pediatric patients will have use of comfort bags and other items assembled by students in Deborah Morgan’s second grade class at Millard Hawk Elementary School as part of their character education program.
The class thought of the hospital’s youngest patients as they centered lessons around the words caring and kindness, which were the selected character education words for the school in December. As part of their caring and kindness lesson, the students made comfort bags and each contained crayons, a coloring book, and other fun activities for pediatric patients at Oswego Hospital. “This was a way for them to give back,” Mrs. Morgan said. “I wanted their project to be kids giving back to kids.”
Mrs. Morgan and her class invited Carrie Kangah, clinical manager of Oswego Hospital’s
third floor which includes the pediatric department, along with registered nurses Candice McIntyre and Jamie Traux, to her class to meet her students and attend a school wide assembly.
While at the school, the Oswego Hospital nurses provided their own important lesson to the young students by offering a hand washing exercise. The nurses stressed when the students should wash their hands and the role hand washing plays in reducing the incidents of illness. The lesson included applying special lotion that safely imitates germs which was applied to each student’s hands. After washing their hands the students viewed them under a special device to see if they had removed all the germs.
At the conclusion of the lesson, each student officially became a Protect Don’t Infect (PDI) agent, complete with a sticker badge. They also signed a hand washing pledge.
Before the Oswego Hospital nurses left Millard Hawk, they attended the December character education school assembly on caring and kindness lead by Mrs. Morgan’s class. During the assembly, the students presented their comfort bags and a few other items to representatives of Oswego Hospital. “It was very nice to see them demonstrate caring, and it was heartwarming that so much effort was put into their character education project,” said Kangah
The Oswego Healthcare System is a not-for-profit organization and includes Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; an urgent care center in Fulton, as well as health services centers in Mexico, Parish and Phoenix. For more information, call (315) 349-5500 or visit oswegohealth.org.