BETHLEHEM, PA. – Needy children and teen mothers returning to school this fall will be fully stocked with supplies thanks to the “Backpacks to Brighten” project organized by St. Luke’s School of Nursing (SON) Student Nurse Association. St. Luke’s hospital and staff donated the many supplies and backpacks that will be distributed to children and families who wouldn’t otherwise have them before the start of school.
Donation boxes were put out at St. Luke’s University hospital campuses in Bethlehem and Allentown, Temple/St. Luke’s School of Medicine and St. Luke’s Place in July. Students from SON will collect the boxes on Wednesday, August 9, and assemble the backpacks. Select families are invited to come to Room 112 of the Priscilla Payne Hurd Education Center on the Bethlehem campus at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, to choose their backpacks. The remaining backpacks will be distributed by community health nurses who visit families in their home.
“These children often do not have basic school supplies to start their school year,” said SON Student Nurse Association advisor Nancy Kanuck. “Our nurses who provide parenting support, education and guidance to these area families through various grant programs want to fill this need and make the children feel special.”
Totes and supplies also are given to teen mothers who may be returning to high school to complete their GED, going to community college or attending a trade school, Kanuck said. St. Luke’s nurses who work with families throughout the year to provide parenting support, education or assistance identify those who could be helped by the program.
Donated items include backpacks, messenger bags, lunch boxes, pencils, pencil cases, glue, markers, folders, notebooks, binders and index cards. More than 100 backpacks and messenger bags will be distributed.
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About St. Luke’s
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a non-profit, regional, fully integrated and nationally recognized network providing services at seven hospitals and more than 270 outpatient sites. The network’s service area includes Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and in Warren County in New Jersey. Dedicated to advancing health education, St. Luke’s operates the nation’s oldest School of Nursing and 23 graduate medical educational programs and is considered a major teaching hospital, the only one in the region. In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first Medical School. Repeatedly, including 2017, St. Luke’s has earned Truven’s 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation as well as 50 Top Cardiovascular program in addition to other honors for clinical excellence. St. Luke’s is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of St. Luke’s information technology applications such as electronic medical records, telehealth, online scheduling and pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers in comparison to major teaching hospitals and other health systems.