ROUSES POINT - Rouses Point Elementary School students continue to reach out to others.
Children enrolled in the school's K-Kids program, a community service group for children through Kiwanis International, made a large donation of books to CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh March 26 to give children in waiting rooms and those staying at the hospital something to read to pass the time.
Fifth-grader Devin McManus was among the students in the group who made the donation and said was excited to think he was helping to make a difference.
"It made me feel really good because they're going to people in need," said McManus. "I think this will make the patients feel really happy to read them."
One of the books McManus said he picked out for the donation was one about a dragon's egg.
"I haven't actually read it, but I thought it looked cool and thought someone else would have a good time reading it," said McManus.
Other students in the K-Kids group had similar altruistic intentions when collecting books to donate. Fifth-grader Spencer Parson said he thought it was "pretty cool" to help children at the hospital be doing "whatever it takes to make them feel better."
"It makes me feel great because it lets me know they get a good book to read and they can go on adventures without even leaving the hospital," he said.
"Some kids are probably bored in their rooms so hopefully this will give them something to read while they're sick," said fifth-grader Katie Matott. "I really like doing this."
"I hope they'll be excited," fifth-grader Madison Zagres said of the children who will read the books.
Sandra Geddes, manager of community outreach at CVPH Medical Center, said she was very appreciative of the donations and told the students the books would be put to good use in several areas of the hospital.
"It's wonderful that they took the time to think of other kids who may be less fortunate or having a hard time adjusting to being in a hospital," said Geddes. "The fact they think about things like this at this age is amazing."
The group's advisor, teacher Susan Hutchins, said she is very proud of the children for making the donation that will be a benefit to children waiting at the hospital or those who are there as patients.
"Reading is a wonderful way to pass the time and to have an adventure without actually going anywhere, using your imagination," said Hutchins. "I am proud of the students for wanting to help and expose other children to a variety of books and to give back to the community."
And, giving back to the community, the hospital in particular, is something anyone can do, said Parsons.
"It's pretty easy," he said. "All you have to do is buy a book and drop it off."