SPACS 4th Graders Decorate Oncology Unit
For the City-Times
Fourth grade students in Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools (SPACS) love to get directly involved with their work, and to help others. What started as a once-a-year service project has blossomed into a year round effort.
Eight years ago, students of St. Stephen School created valentines for the Ministry St. Michael’s Oncology Unit, with the idea starting as a service project in conjunction with the school’s celebration of Catholic Schools Week, which is held the last week of January annually.
Earlier this year 4th grade teachers at St. Stephen’s developed the “Candy Kisses Valentine Tube Project” as a way to reach out in friendship and love to those experiencing some “not so happy” days. Their hope was to add a smile to the patients’ days.
“We are excited to be able to extend the happiness in a new way this year,” said Tess Lawlis, a fourth grader.
Last week, 4th grade students created seasonal decorations to help cheer up the patients and their families who are spending time in the oncology unit.
“Our students really enjoy creating projects they know will bring smiles to others,” said Springob. “The pride the kids take in service projects is inspiring.”
“The feedback we have received each year from the oncology unit has been extremely positive,” said Amy Parks, 4th grade teacher.
Last February, the staff of the unit even called and mentioned someone had offered to fund the supplies for the project, as it has brought so much “sunshine” to the patients, who said they hoped the school continued doing the project.
“This inspired us to reach out in another way,” Springob said.