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Schickler Elementary students complete year-long project to benefit McLaren Hospice patients

Published on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

DAVISON, Mich. — During the past school year, third and fourth grade students at Schickler Elementary School in Lapeer worked tirelessly to raise funds and gather items for “Sunshine Bags” to donate to McLaren Hospice patients. This effort was part of Schickler’s 2017 academic service-learning (AS-L) project, incorporating community service into coursework.

The 8, 9, and 10-year-olds put together their own committees such as “Thank You Notes,” “Fundraising,” “Purchasing,” “Grant Writing,” and “Parent Updates” to ensure all components of the project were completed by the end of the school year. To raise money for the Sunshine Bags, the students held several fundraisers, including a Read-a-thon, movie night, and basket raffle.

On Thursday, June 1, the students culminated their hard work with an Academic Service-Learning Celebration and presented the Sunshine Bags to McLaren Hospice. Each bag contains small everyday items such as lip balm, lotion, fuzzy socks, and playing cards which patients and families often find useful during hospice care. The bags also include a homemade lap quilt and handwritten inspirational messages from the students. Over the next several months, the more than 60 bags donated will be given to patients in Lapeer and Macomb counties who are transitioning to McLaren Hospice.

Third grade teacher Kristin Colpetzer shared, “As educators we continuously work with parents and community members to create a culture of learning that brings school, community, and families together for the betterment of our students. With our AS-L project focused on learning and giving back to the community, doing something to benefit McLaren Hospice patients was a natural fit.”

As a nonprofit organization, McLaren Hospice relies on the donations and efforts of our community to help care for terminally ill patients. The donation of these Sunshine Bags from Schickler Elementary students will provide added comforts for patients and their loved ones, with the knowledge that the students gained hands-on lessons in compassion and the spirit of giving.

McLaren Hospice is extremely grateful for this heartfelt donation, and we wish to acknowledge the following who also contributed to the Sunshine Bag project: the Lapeer Optimist Club, the LEADER Fund, Kathy Priest, Alaina B. and Aunt Bernice, Kathy Damm, Mr. Becker, Mrs. Mason’s class, the staff of Schickler Elementary, and the parents of the third and fourth grade students who donated to their Read-a-thon fundraiser.