Members of the Corning High School Science Club and FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of American) recently came together to make the holiday season a little brighter for parents who have babies being cared for in the St. Bernards Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
They gathered items and put together gift baskets that included everything from toothbrushes and snacks to puzzle books and specially created quilts for newborns. As a matter of fact, the quilts were made by FCCLA students.
This marks the second consecutive year the high school students have assembled baskets and brought them to the St. Bernards NICU moms. They say they plan to continue the project, pointing out that others in the Corning community help them gather items.
It’s a project that is dear to the heart of Science Club sponsor Misty Jolly. It was just four years ago that her son was a NICU “graduate,” having been cared for by Neonatologist Dr. Douglas Seglem and the rest of the NICU team.
Students who were able to make the trip to deliver baskets included Lance Hewett, Natalie Stormes, Carley Vallance, Leticia Peixoto, Jasmine Brickley, Lexi Haywood, Cailyn Vannada and Sami Scheffler. Some of the other Science Club members were unable to make the trip.
The St. Bernards NICU is the only neonatal intensive care unit in the eastern part of Arkansas.