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Money, supplies needed for back-to-school event

Special to Neighborhood Post

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Remember the first day of school every year and all the new stuff? The crayons, notebooks and fat, easy-grasp pencils for the little kids and the skinny grown-up pencils for the "big" kids in like, second-grade.

What an exciting start to the school year!

Glades General Hospital, the Palm Beach County Health Care District, Florida KidCare and Healthy Communities Access Project want to make sure that children in the Glades have everything they need for a successful start to the next school year.

Money and school supplies are needed for Back to School, an event scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Aug. 2 in the cafeteria of Glades General Hospital, 1201 S. Main St., Belle Glade. The event is planned for children in kindergarten through fifth-grade, accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Throughout this month, Glades General Hospital will accept donations from organizations, businesses and individuals. Financial contributions, book bags and school supplies may be dropped off at the hospital or pickup can be arranged.

When they enter the cafeteria, children will receive a "report card" and go through a series of educational stations where they'll learn about hand washing, preventing head lice, being fingerprinted and other safety and hygiene issues.

After attending all the "classes," they will enjoy an ice cream sundae, donated by Cheney Brothers.

Meanwhile, parents and guardians will be in the cafeteria meeting their children's school nurse and behavioral health professional, and receiving information in English, Spanish and Creole about health care coverage through Florida KidCare.

"In addition to school supplies, we want to make sure our children are healthy and ready to learn," says Terri Calsetta, director of patient and public relations for Glades General Hospital.

At the end of the visit, each child in kindergarten through fifth-grade will receive a bookbag of school supplies.

"The Glades community is phenomenal in coming together to help our own," says Calsetta. "I have had the privilege of working in this community for eight years," says Calsetta. "I know first-hand about its caring hearts and generous spirits."

Calsetta says the goal of the first annual Back to School event is to help at least 200 students.

For information, call Calsetta at Glades General Hospital, (561) 996-6571 Ext. 444.


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