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Monday, October 15, 2018
PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBSchool of Nursing Student Association Vice President Jahnyl Jauregui participated in past ‘Backpacks to Brighten’ projects as a recipient. Now she and her fiancé, Jonathan Figueroa, with son Aiden Figueroa, are attending the St. Luke’s School of Nursing. “It meant the world to me,” Jauregui said, “and it provided resources I didn’t know existed.” PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBBSchool of Nursing Student Association Vice President Jahnyl Jauregui participated in past ‘Backpacks to Brighten’ projects as a recipient. Now she and her fiancé, Jonathan Figueroa, with son Aiden Figueroa, are attending the St. Luke’s School of Nursing. “It meant the world to me,” Jauregui said, “and it provided resources I didn’t know existed.”
Braydin Groff, Johnavone Stragratario, Roman Stragratario and Jazmine Stragratario are full of anticipation as they await their backpacks. Braydin Groff, Johnavone Stragratario, Roman Stragratario and Jazmine Stragratario are full of anticipation as they await their backpacks.
School of Nursing Student President Naijia Bell said, “Book bags are so important, and we’re very excited to help.” School of Nursing Student President Naijia Bell said, “Book bags are so important, and we’re very excited to help.”
Skylynn Rodriguez gives the “Backpacks to Brighten” program a thumbs up. Skylynn Rodriguez gives the “Backpacks to Brighten” program a thumbs up.
The smiles of Elias Sanchez and Jeremiah Barbosa show how much receiving a backpack filled with school supplies can mean to a child. The smiles of Elias Sanchez and Jeremiah Barbosa show how much receiving a backpack filled with school supplies can mean to a child.
Luis Fontanez looks at the supplies in the backpack. Luis Fontanez looks at the supplies in the backpack.

Making children feel special

Thursday, September 15, 2016 by DANA GRUBB Special to The Press in Local News

For the sixth year in a row, the St. Luke’s School of Nursing student nurse association collected backpacks and filled them with school supplies so children of families that participate in the hospital’s maternal child health programs would have some of the educational supplies needed when the new school year starts.

Nursing School students solicited contributions throughout the St. Luke’s University Health Network and were able to provide over 100 backpacks.

Binders, tablets, filler paper, pencils and markers were among each backpack’s contents.

Student Nursing Association Fundraising Officer Rachel Weeks called it “a blessing” to be able to help the young students.

At a reception held recently, backpacks were handed out and refreshments were served to the young beneficiaries of the student nurses’ efforts.

Kelly Berk, director of the maternal child health program, said first-time at-risk mothers receive support from early pregnancy through the first two years of the child’s life. Further support services continue with in-home parental mentoring and support for the growth and development of the children.

“The goal of the ‘Backpacks to Brighten’ project is to fill this need and make the children feel special,” Student Nurses Association Aadvisor Nancy Kanuck said.