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At Fairview Elementary, Peachtree Hospice employees enjoy helping kids as their Partners in Education


At Fairview Elementary, Peachtree Hospice employees enjoy helping kids as their Partners in Education
Jacqui Sargent of Peachtree Hospice helps a Fairview student with colorful artwork. Charlotte Botteicher, Amber Daniel, Fanta Gibson, Chloe Jackson, Shani Patterson and Jean Wood are the team of employees who volunteer at the school.
Photo courtesy of the Fort Smith Public School District




In their second year of volunteering, new Partners in Education Peachtree Hospice are getting comfortable with their young “partners,” the students of Fairview Elementary.
 

“This partnership gives us an opportunity to share our talents and compassion with these children,” said Shani Patterson of Peachtree Hospice. The best part of being a partner, she said, is “the feeling you get by making a difference in these kids’ lives. It’s very rewarding spending time with them and being able to help out where necessary. The relationship is mutually beneficial; the children have also given back to us.  They provided placemats for our annual Christmas party and made snowflakes for us to display in our Hospice Unit at Sparks Hospital.”

Patterson said she had learned how to make friends by lifting a child up to reach the monkey bars. She quickly became the most popular person on the playground.

Volunteers of Peachtree Hospice have donated box tops and pop can tabs for fundraising, mentored students in the classroom and lunchroom and also have donated gift cards given as awards of excellence at quarterly assemblies.

Partners in Education is an ongoing program at the Fort Smith Public School District that pairs individuals, business and organizations with particular schools. Adult "partners" provide support in many diverse ways to help lead the students to academic success. 


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