Back in September, Sward Student Council organized a penny wars fundraiser for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and developed an educational video about childhood cancer. Teagan, a 4th grade student reported in the video, "Did you know that every day, 43 kids are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. '' A portion of the funds raised from penny wars was reserved to purchase toys for Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn. Each classroom was given a list of toys from the hospital’s wish list and voted on their toy of choice. Then the Student Council tallied and organized a list for purchase. As the toys were arriving students became excited for the day of delivery.
Hope Children's Hospital, Child Life, Creative Arts Therapies, and Education Department report that "because of your donations, we’ve been able to brighten the days of countless patients and families spending their time at the hospital. Thanks to the generosity of families, organizations, businesses and others, we can gift toys throughout the Holiday Season and fill our storage units allowing us to gift patients throughout the year."
Mrs. Coennen, Student Council Sponsor said, “It was so heartwarming to see the numerous hospital staff members welcoming us at drop off. Additionally, we witnessed a staff member being honored for her positive impact on a child during his cancer treatment. This is the season of giving, and I am so happy to be part of this great cause.”
Ayden, a 4th grader student, shared “ As we drove up the hospital staff were all clapping and cheering for us, they were very happy that we were dropping off the gifts."
“ This service project evolved in honor of supporting a brave Sward Eagle student who has battled leukemia. After hearing of the positive impact Hope Children’s Hospital had on his treatment process, we immediately wanted to help replenish their toy storage. These toys make such a difference in their days at the clinic, the toys provide a much deserved smile. The Sward community is looking forward to next year’s toy drive." Mrs. Katalinic, Student Council Sponsor