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Books for New Parents Donated to VCU Health CMH

Pictured (L to R): Front row:  Connor Lacks, Drew Jones, Regan Tanner, Cody VanGoethem, Nathan Daniel, and Addison McDaniel; Second row:  Tucker Warren, Seth Bishop, Aveline Wollenberg, Joshua Rosenfeld, Kyndall Jones, Alyssa Hershey, Ken Kurz (VCU Health CMH), Ally Clark, Saylor Moody, and Amanda Boileau

The joy of reading was shared by students at First Christian School with patients at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill.

The 5th and 6th grade students at First Christian School recently completed a mission project under the direction of their teacher, Ms. Amy Crowder. 

“The students spear-headed the "Books for Babies" project, whose goal was to put books into the hands of parents in our community who give birth at VCU Health - CMH in South Hill,” according to Ms. Crowder. “New moms and dads will have the opportunity to pick out a book to share with their new little one.  Together with book and financial donations, the students collected almost 150 books.”

According to Ken Kurz, Director of Marketing and Development at CMH, the books will be featured in the Garland Birthing Center at the new VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.

The students went the extra mile by designing and constructing a bookcase to store the new baby book library.  Students worked to teams to come up with their own design and model which was presented to the class.  The model selected was designed by Drew Jones, Addison McDaniel, and Cody VanGoethem, and represents a Ticonderoga pencil.  The classes shopped for supplies and constructed the bookcase with the assistance of parents, grandparents, teachers, and friends. 

“We were thrilled when Amy contacted us,” he said. “What the students did, not just gathering so many books to be shared with our new parents, but constructing a fun bookcase to house those donations was just fantastic.”

Ms. Crowder used this project as an opportunity for her students to utilize skills that were learned in the classroom and apply them in a real world setting.  She is very proud of the effort and excitement that her students have shown throughout the process, but is more impressed with the desire to give back to the community selflessly by blessing those around them.

According to Ms. Crowder, a special thank you goes to Home Depot in South Hill and Det. Chris Whittemore of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office for their assistance with the project.

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