Putnam Middle School Student Council President Lauren Brule (center, left), Putnam Middle School Student Council Vice President Rylee Laperle, (center, right), and Putnam Middle School Student Council Advisor Angie Kwasny (second from left), presented a collection of books, on behalf of the students at Putnam Middle School, to DKH Director of Development Kristen Willis, DKH Pediatrician Dr. Anne Josephs, DKH Pediatrician Dr. Marc Cerrone, DKH Pediatrician Dr. Lisa Matsen, and DKH Pediatrician Dr. Suzanne Powell, in the Putnam Pediatric Center at Day Kimball Hospital. Courtesy photo.

PUTNAM — Day Kimball Healthcare’s Pediatric department and Family Advocacy Center received a donation of more than 250 books from the students of Putnam Middle School on June 19. The books were collected during a month-long peer competition at the school, organized by the Student Council, who then decided to donate the collected books to community children who receive care and services at Day Kimball Healthcare.
“The books were collected as part of a recent student competition,” Putnam Middle School Student Council President Lauren Brule said. “A bin was placed in each classroom for one month. The classes who collected the most books during that time were awarded with extra time outside during recess,” she said. “The pediatricians at Day Kimball Healthcare Pediatric Centers are thrilled about this donation,” said Dr. Marc Cerrone. “We try to encourage the importance of reading to children whenever we meet with families at well visits, and this gives us an additional resource to support this cause,” he said. DKH Director of Development Kristen Willis said: “It’s especially gratifying to know that the youngsters in our community are actively engaged in community service projects like these. We couldn’t be more grateful and proud that the student council leadership chose Day Kimball’s youngest patients who will reap the benefits of their endeavors.”

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