The staff at Westbrook Health Center
along with area students is celebrating a successful drive to provide Iraqi students with school supplies. For the second year, staff at the Westbrook Health Center
organized a "Pack a Bag for Iraq"
project during National Hospital Week. This community project involves kindergarten through fourth grade students of the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Elementary schools as well as the Sioux Valley employees.
School supplies for students in Iraq
were collected at the school as well as the hospital during the month of May. At the end of the collection dates, fourth graders packed the supplies which were then shipped to a family member serving in Iraq
. SSG Taylor Schmidt with the United States Army, 1st
Cav personally organized the delivery to the Iraqi students in a remote area of Iraq
where students do not often receive gifts.
The project promotes communication between hospital staff and students as well as a sense of patriotic pride in our soldiers and the efforts to improve the lives of the Iraqi children."We are proud of the men and women that are serving our country overseas,"
said Rick Nordahl, CEO of Westbrook Health Center. "Getting our employees and local students involved in helping children across the globe, while at the same time supporting our troops, is just one way we can help do our part back home."
The Westbrook Health Center is a member of the Sioux Valley Health System.