Stephanie VanDyke, Head of Volunteer Services for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, was on the Red Gables campus on Tuesday to meet with the 2nd grade students. For the last 6 years, the second grade has chosen to collect travel size toiletries and small activities like word puzzles for patients and families staying in the hospital. In the second semester, some students will also be knitting hats for the babies in the NICU as part of their service learning experience. Miss VanDyke was here to thank the students for all their help in making the families at the hospital have the most comfortable stay possible.
Miss VanDyke also talked about the importance of giving back and helping those who are less fortunate or in a hard place. The students were very interested in all the hospital had to offer the families and recounted some of their own experiences in the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Having Miss VanDyke visit gave the students a real view of why they participate in this project as a 2nd grader, and definitely built their excitement in collecting these much needed items.
The 2nd grade will be collecting these items through out the whole school year, so help in their efforts and save all the unopened toiletries you collect on your hotel stays or have floating around from your travels.
Each grade at Ensworth participates in a Service Learning project for the year. For more information about the Service Learning Program at Ensworth, please visit: