James Burd Elementary Students donate holiday cards to patients at Chambersburg Hospital
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Shippensburg, Pa. – Some lessons, like the ones about spreading kindness that Kate Zech’s second grade class at James Burd Elementary School are learning, simply cannot be taught from a textbook.

Zech wanted her students to experience first-hand giving back to their community.  She developed a “random acts of kindness” project, and as a part of that project, the students in her class hand-crafted holiday cards to give to patients who will be spending Christmas at Chambersburg Hospital.

“They are really excited about the project, to help spread cheer”, she explained.

Last week, the class presented the cards to Beth Stephey, Donor Relations and Annual Giving Officer for Summit Health, who then coordinated with employees to give the distribute to patients.

“This was such a heart-warming gesture by the students to think of our patients,” Stephey explained.  “They were thrilled to get something specially made for them, and these cards certainly brightened their day.  This is a tradition we hope will continue for years to come.”

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