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Students reach out to hospital for Catholic Schools Week

Glendale Heights – Students from St. Matthew School have crafted blankets and food tray placemats for patients at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. A group of students and staff will deliver the handmade goods to the hospital Monday in recognition of Catholic Schools Week. The theme of this year’s observance is “Celebrate Service.”

Students and staff chose to reach out to Adventist GlenOaks Hospital because of the hospital’s importance in the community, said Maggie Boler, an eighth grade teacher at St. Matthew’s who helped organize Catholic Schools Week activities.

“The hospital is our neighbor and an asset to our community,” said Boler, who sits on St. Matthew’s Catholic Schools Week committee with four other teachers: Carol Albreski, Beth Allott, Jean Behlman, and Mary Lansing.

Mary Ann Palermo, patient safety and quality officer at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, said hospital officials appreciate the students’ generosity.

“These handmade blankets and placemats will help make the hospital a brighter place for our patients,” said Palermo, whose daughter is in eighth grade at St. Matthew’s. “We commend these students for their commitment to service.”