SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Baystate Medical Center employees donated school supplies that will be distributed to six elementary schools in Springfield.
Baystate’s annual Adopt a Classroom program took place at the hospital’s Chestnut Conference Center, on 759 Chestnut Street in Springfield Friday. Baystate Medical Center employees have been donating school supplies for over a decade.
Thousands of notebooks, pencils, markers and a number of other back to school items were collected by the hospital’s staff. Employees from all of the departments collected thousands of notebooks, pencils, markers and a number of other back to school items.
The supplies will go to teachers and students at Rightwood Elementary School, Margaret C. Ells School, William N. Deberry Elementary School, Milton Bradley Elementary School, and Lincoln Elementary.
22News spoke with one of the co-chairs of the initiative about why the collection is always so successful.
“So that we can ensure all the children going to school have an appropriate number of supplies to start the school year,” said Chief Nursing Officer Christine Kalucznik. “We know there are several unfortunate families in the area we just want to give the kids a good start.”
American Medical Response Ambulance partnered with Baystate Medical Center on this annual initiative.