1/19/2012 2:51:00 PM They help art have a place in healing
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Michael Tobin and Samantha Nizich prepare to deliver art supplies at children's hospital.
OREGON CITY — The students and staff at St. John the Apostle School held an art supply drive for the patients of Doernbecher Children's hospital. The school-wide service project was organized and run by eighth graders Samantha Nizich and Michael Tobin. Nizich and Tobin contacted Doernbecher to find out what the school could do to help the children patients make their time in the hospital more comfortable. Hospital staff were in need of art supplies for the patients.
The two eighth graders consulted staff at St. John the Apostle, made posters and ran an art supply drive. When the drive was finished, students spent an hour one morning coloring pictures and writing messages of hope and caring on bags to hold the art supplies. Nizich and Tobin, along with other students, organized and then packed the individual bags for the hospital. The last and most fulfilling part of the service project was the delivery of the bags to the children and nurses. Students said they felt blessed at being able to do something for the children that who are sick, in pain or that may have to stay in the hospital for a long time.
"Humbled, blessed, grateful, happy and generous. These are words that come to mind after my visit to Doernbecher Children's Hospital," Nizich says. "Seeing the huge smiles spread across not only the children's faces, but also the excited nurses as the patients received a bag full of crafts, was truly satisfying. 'It is in giving that we receive.' This sums up what SJA school service projects are all about, being able to experience joy from sick children teaches me that giving is better than receiving."