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2nd Graders Bring Smiles to 120 Patients


 Students Show off Jared boxes

"I loved making the Jared Box because I loved helping other kids. It made my heart smile" - Richland Elementary School Second Grader Cooper S.

Contributed by Teacher Alison Monk

Even seven and eight-year-olds can be heroes! Richland Elementary School second-graders volunteered to participate in the Jared Box Project for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. A Jared Box is a plastic shoe box filled with small gifts, toys, games, and fun activities. Richland's PTO provided the plastic boxes.  Then each student got to decide the age and gender for the box.  

Second-grader Julia M. said it "helped my heart think about other people more."  
Teacher Alison Monk says the project was completely voluntary, yet over 120 boxes were made during the month of April.

"I loved making a Jared box because I love to help people," said Gia N.

The boxes have been delivered to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh under the direction of Teacher Kathy Giegel. 
Jared Boxes provide a special diversion for young patients in emergency rooms, patient rooms, surgical centers, and clinics as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments. Jared Boxes bring smiles and laughter and lift the spirits of children in the hospital. 
Second-grader Ava L. said she liked making the Jared Box because she "wanted to make kids' lives fun even if they were sick."
"The best part of making Jared boxes was being able to help entertain the kids in the hospital," said James C.

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