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Baystate employees - helping to make school a better place for students and teachers

August 23, 2017

It’s no secret that having the proper school supplies, along with an inspiring teacher, can make all the difference in the world when it comes to succeeding in the classroom.

On Friday, Aug. 18, Baystate Medical Center employees helped to make school a better place for students and teachers at several Springfield Public Schools by filling some 160 large plastic storage bins with school supplies, the culmination of the hospital’s annual “Adopt a Classroom” initiative.

The much-needed supplies – including colored markers, folders, spiral notebooks, glue sticks, Post-it Notes, disinfectant wipes, crayons and more – will benefit children attending Springfield schools such as the Brightwood, Margaret C. Ells, and Milton Bradley schools, as well as Lincoln Elementary, adjacent to the hospital on Chestnut Street, and the German Gerena Community School on Birnie Avenue.

A sea of boxes

“This is just so amazing,” said Kristen Hughes, principal, Milton Bradley School, surveying the room of endless boxes filled to the brim with school supplies.

“These are things that we often purchase ourselves for the classroom, because there is no real budget for them. For us to be able to start off the school year with supplies that our students need to effectively work in the classroom….well, it just helps us tremendously,” she added.

Several Springfield schools have established unique relationships with Baystate Medical Center, with students participating in special learning activities at the teaching hospital, and Baystate employees donating time and materials to the students to support their learning and growth.

Building a healthy community

“At Baystate Medical Center, we realize building a healthy community means much more than providing expert medical care. There are many other determinants that drive health in the communities we serve, such as housing, jobs, access to healthy food, and education. Our generous employees really take it to heart to be able to help Springfield schoolchildren get a good start on the school year by making sure they have everything they need to flourish in the classroom,” said Nancy Shendell-Falik, RN, president of
Baystate Medical Center and senior vice president of hospital operations, Baystate Health.

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