North Royalton Middle School Students Brighten Patients Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, a time to express gratitude and especially a time to be with friends and family. The holidays are a very difficult time to be a patient in the hospital. Over the past eight years, students in the North Royalton City Schools have worked together to help bring happiness to the patients in Marymount Hospital on Thanksgiving Day.
Again this year, under the guidance of Deanna Paolino, NRMS School Counselor, the Chain Links students at the North Royalton Middle School (NRMS) used their free time to make Happy Thanksgiving Day Get Well cards for the patients. “These Chain Links students modeled compassion and created a chain reaction of kindness. They inspire me every day.” said Mrs. Paolino. The Chain Links students also inspired Team Ena and other NRMS students to join in the effort. One student, sixth grader Kenneth Vandine, made cards every day for a week during lunch noting that he was glad to help others and encouraged his friends to do the same.
On November 23, NRMS Chain Links club students presented the handmade Happy Thanksgiving Day Get Well cards. Joe Rinderknecht, Director of Marymount Hospital’s Pastoral Care Department, came to NRMS to formally accept more than 200 handmade Thanksgiving Day cards. Joe Rinderknecht let the students know that their efforts are very much appreciated by the Marymount Hospital administration, the staff and especially the patients and thanked the students for their efforts.
On Thanksgiving Day the patients at Marymount Hospital will receive a handmade Get Well card from the one of the NRMS students on their Thanksgiving Day meal tray.
Principal Jeff Cicerchi supports this effort and feels that this community service project helps tie into the mission of the school. “The goal of NRMS as well as the district is to ‘inspire and empower learners’ by providing children with a well-rounded education that encourages them to meet their potential, both academically and socially. All of our programs and efforts revolve around this goal.”
Manny Economos has three children in the North Royalton school system. Manny works at the Cleveland Clinic and helps organize this annual community service project. “This project helps the children realize how fortunate they are to have their health and that doing something nice for someone is very important.”