Thanks and Giving Celebration

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Dear Sassafras Room families,


This year, Children’s House will be supporting Graham’s Foundation for our 3rd annual Thanks and Giving Celebration.  Graham’s Foundation, founded by current West Side parents Nick and Jennifer Hall, is in celebration of their son, Graham.  Graham and his twin sister, Reece (a Lower Elementary student) were born 15 weeks premature.  Reece was in the hospital for four months before she was able to come home.  Graham lived for 45 short days.  Graham’s Foundation empowers parents of premature babies through support, advocacy and research to improve the outcomes for their preemies and themselves.  We are looking forward to sharing with the children an act of great kindness and the gift of giving to those in need.


One way Graham’s Foundation supports parents of preemies is to give NICU (neonatal intensive-care unit) Care Packages.  Our goal is to collect 100 new children’s books that can be included in the care packages from today until November 23rd.  Says Jennifer, “One of the many challenges of having a baby born early is that the nurses and doctors seem to provide all of the care for your baby, and as a parent you are left feeling helpless.  When Reece and Graham were in the NICU, we looked for ways to parent and to make sure that they knew us.  One of the ways we did that was by reading.  We read books aloud by their isolettes.  We didn’t know if it would make a difference, but we figured it wouldn’t hurt, and we knew one thing – it helped us.  We felt as if we were doing something.  It helped us feel as if we were doing something typical.”


We will be donating the books to Graham’s Foundation at our Thanks and Giving Celebration Sing-A-Long on Tuesday, November 24th, beginning at 10:45 a.m. in the Commons.  We would love to have you join your children, Nick, Jennifer and Reece in this special celebration.  Please feel free to bring siblings not in school, grandparents and anyone else who wishes to share in this tradition!


Thank you for supporting our Thanks and Giving Celebration!




Wendi and Sarah


“We shall walk together on a path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.” 

                                                                                                            -Maria Montessori

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