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Six schools to participate in Project: Cameron's Story

February 2, 2018— Throughout the next two weeks, six Guilderland Schools will serve as collection sites for Project: Cameron's Story, a new, not-for-profit organization which collects new children's books for families of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at more than a dozen hospitals throughout New York.

Farnsworth Middle School, Altamont Elementary School, Guilderland Elementary, Pinebush Elementary, Lynwood Elementary, and Guilderland High School will collect book donations from Feb. 5 through Feb. 16, 2018. This is the fourth year Guilderland schools have participated. We have been able to donate over 2,000 books to Project Cameron’s Story with the help of the community! We are looking to reach 1,000 books this year.

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 the
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 social studies 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 anytime now through Feb. 16 to FMS, AES, GES, PBES, LES, or GHS.
• If you would like to donate a book, but don't have time to go to the store, order a book through Scholastic. Order forms may be done directly online or be sent in to the school.
download an order form (PDF)

Guidelines For Books:
-- NEW books only because books will be donated to babies in a sterile environment.
-- Due to the various religious beliefs of families, they have asked to avoid donating books that are overtly religious in nature.
-- Helpful if the books were of medium to large size with lots of pictures and storyline to give parents an opportunity to engage in a 10-15 minute period of reading.
Suggested titles include: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Stellaluna, Love You Forever, Where the Wild Things Are, The Poky Little Puppy, The Little Engine That Could

At the middle school, students can return completed orders and/or bring books to any house office as well as at reception. AES students can drop order forms off in the main office and books to Mrs. Normile’s room. GES students can drop order forms and books to Mrs. Hanson’s room. GHS students can drop off to the West Office. PBES students can drop off order forms and books to Mrs. McLean. LES students can drop off order forms and books to Mrs. Vandenburgh.
see a flyer for the event here

For more information on the collection program, please contact JAMIE MULLINS (FMS)