The Fort Campbell Courier
Fort Campbell, Ky | March 5, 2014
Students from Thomasa Ross' fourth grade class at Jackson Elementary School donated more than 200 books to Young Eagle Medical Home patients at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital in honor of their 100th day of school. Jackson Elementary celebrated their 100th day of school Jan. 28.
Ross' fourth grade students collected books as a service project for the 100th day of school celebration. Ross said that uses the service project as a teaching approach to help her students meet fourth grade curriculum standards in reading, math, social studies and writing. Since the Young Eagle Medical Home provides primary medical care services to pediatric patients to age 18, students set out to collect age-appropriate books ranging in the age span the clinic serves.
Students get creative when collecting books to encourage others to read. Jessa Key, a student in Ross' 4th grade class, asked friends to bring books as gifts instead of presents for herself to her 10th birthday party. Jessa collected 40 books at her birthday party to be donate to Young Eagle Medical Home patients.
Before Fort Campbell Schools' winter break, six of Ross' students, some parents and Ross visited the Young Eagle Medical Home staff after school to deliver the books.
During fourth grade student Catherine Coleman's visit to the hospital, she told YEMH staff that she encourages others to give to a cause. "I've learned if you have a few extra dollars lying around you can go and buy something to donate."