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Project: Cameron's Story

Donate books to benefit newborns

Feb. 1, 2017—Throughout the next two weeks, four Guilderland schools will serve as collection sites for Project: Cameron's Story, a not-for-profit organization that collects new children's books for families of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at more than a dozen hospitals throughout the area.

Altamont Elementary, Guilderland Elementary, Farnsworth Middle School and Guilderland High School will collect book donations from Feb. 1-17, 2017. This is the third year Guilderland schools have participated, and over 1500 books have been donated through the district's efforts. This year's goal is to reach 1,000 book donations.

The goal of Project: Cameron's Story is to support the bonding of parents with their premature babies in the NICU, through the use of children's literature and storytelling. To learn more about the organization, please visit Project: Cameron's Story Facebook Page or the organization's OFFICIAL WEBSITE.

Several Guilderland teachers have been touched by this program, including Jamie Mullins, a teacher at FMS.  Regionally, donations will benefit babies at Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Hospital, Crouse Hospital, Stony Brook University Hospital, Golisano Children's Hospital, UHS Wilson Medical Center, and Glens Falls Special Care Unit.

If you would like to donate, there are two ways to participate:
Bring a new book to AES, GES, FMS or GHS through Feb. 17
Order a book through Scholastic - DOWNLOAD AN ORDER FORM (PDF)

Guidelines for books:
Books must be new (Books will be donated to babies in a sterile environment)
Due to various religious beliefs of families receiving books, the organization has asked that books are not overtly religious in nature
The goal of the books is to provide parents an opportunity to engage in a 10-15 minute period of reading (it's helpful if the books are medium-to-large sized, with various pictures and a storyline)

Suggested titles include: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Stellaluna, Love You Forever, Where the Wild Things Are, The Poky Little Puppy and The Little Engine That Could.

At the middle school, students can return completed order forms and/or bring books to any house office, as well as to reception. AES students can drop forms off in the main office and books to Mrs. Normile's room. GES students can drop off order forms and books to Mrs. Hanson's room. GHS students can drop off to the West Office.

For more information, please contact Jamie Mullins (FMS),  Molly Normile (AES), Anna Hanson (GES), or Ann Marie McManus (GHS).