NEWARK—The Child Life Department at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) recently accepted a donation of $180 from the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, which came from the auction of a quilt that promotes literacy.
As part of their literacy curriculum, 20 first graders in Joanne Jacobson’s and Jennifer Molloy’s classes at the Wardlaw-Hartridge School each sewed a quilt square based on the theme “Dr. Seuss.” Teachers showed the students how to sew four rectangles together to make a square and they then worked with their families to complete the project. After the squares were sewn, a parent volunteer pieced them together to form a colorful quilt.
At the end of the school year, the quilt was auctioned off for charity and all of the first grade families were able to bid on the opportunity to keep the quilt. CHoNJ was chosen as the recipient for the proceeds.
“We wanted the money to go to children who could really use a new book and we were happy to have found a need at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey,” says Jacobson. “To be so warmly received by the hospital for our donation has been wonderful. It is very rewarding for the first graders to know that we worked together to create something beautiful that also helps other children.”
The Child Life Department will use the donation to purchase books so that pediatric inpatients can select a new book to read in the hospital and then take it home when they leave.
“We are very grateful to these young students, and to their teachers, for creating this beautiful quilt and for helping to provide books for our pediatric patients,” says Anne Reilly, Director of Child Life of CHoNJ. “Hospitalized children enjoy the wonderful distraction of a good book, especially one that they can keep.”
First graders from Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison with their homemade Dr. Seuss quilt to promote literacy. (Photo courtesy of CHoNJ)
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