PJs for PCH

Colin MacLean
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Students raise money to buy pajamas for sick kids

SUMMERSIDE – The Prince County Hospital’s entranceway got a little rambunctious Tuesday morning.

About 26 kids from Kristina Harper’s Ellerslie Elementary Grade 2 class all proudly marched through the front doors of the facility just before lunch, each carrying a gift for the hospital’s pediatrics unit.

Over the course of the last several months, the kids have been raising money to buy pajamas for the hospital.

They ended up raising a little more than $400, which let them buy about 50 pairs of pajamas.

“They had a great time doing it. It was a great class experience,” said Harper.

The project was part of their social studies/health curriculum, she said.

“We were talking about making our community a better place and they came up with the idea of fundraising.”

The class all suggested ideas on how to raise money and then voted on the various ideas. They ended up holding a bake sale and setting up a couple of lemonade stands.

One of the little girls in the class suggested using the money to buy pajamas, said Harper, after she saw a post online about there being a need for them.

On Tuesday, the class bussed down to Summerside and went to Superstore for a tour/talk about healthy eating and purchased the pajamas. Each student got a few dollars and got to pick out what they wanted.

They handed over hard earned donations to pediatrics nurse Jennifer Rioux.

There’s always a need for child-size pajamas at the hospital, said Rioux, because a lot of times children are admitted suddenly and parents don’t have time to prepare.

 “We tend to get say sizes zero to 12 months a lot, but the sizes that are bigger, not everybody realizes there’s a need,” said Rioux.

“This is going to make a huge difference.”

The kids certainly had fun doing all the work.

Hannah Collicutt and Laila Banks said they enjoyed the thought of doing something nice for others.

“We’re helping out,” said Hannah.

“We’re helping a lot of kids in the hospital that are sick. We need to make them feel better,” added Laila.

That’s nice to hear them say, said Harper, and it’s encouraging that the intended lesson seems to be sinking in.

“The big part for them was to help kids who are sick. That was their big interest.

I think they just wanted to make somebody’s day, bring a smile to somebody’s face,” she said.

Colin.MacLean@JournalPioneer.com

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Organizations: Laila Banks

Geographic location: Summerside

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