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BRMC donates backpacks for area students

Posted on: 08/19/2016

Bradford Regional Medical Center packed 200 backpacks recently with a variety of school supplies which will benefit area students in grades K through 5 this school year.

The donated backpacks will be distributed to students who might otherwise go without necessary school supplies. In its sixth year, the program benefits students in Bradford, Smethport and Otto-Eldred schools. Students receiving the backpacks will find items such as pencils, erasers, scissors, paper, crayons, rulers, glue sticks and pencil sharpeners to start the school year. All items are donated by employees at BRMC.

“The backpack program is "near and dear" to our hospital staff as they want to assure that area elementary students are able to start their school years with the support and supplies that will help them  succeed academically. Our staff members don't believe that school children should have to go without needed school supplies because their families may not be able to afford them,” said Timothy J. Finan, chief executive officer, BRMC and Olean General Hospital.

The backpack program is part of the hospital’s Community Connections initiative, a program where employees volunteer their time to educate the community on a variety of health and wellness issues to promote healthier lifestyles and address community health, safety and social needs in the hospital’s service area. Other Community Connections programs held throughout the year include an asthma camp, Buddy’s First Visit, sun safety, SafeSitter®, car seat safety, Super Puffs and friends and family CPR.

Bradford Regional Medical Center employees, from left, Shannon Weikert and Amy Haviland, fill backpacks which will be distributed to local students in grades K through 5 in area school districts.

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