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Release: May 8, 2001

Weber students to donate quilts to Children's Hospital of Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four classes of Weber Elementary students, ages 6 to 10, have made 21 quilts that they will donate for use in the Special Care Nurseries at Children's Hospital of Iowa. The quilts were made by two groups: "Buddy Classes" (first and second-grade students) and "Team 3" (third and fourth-grade classes).

Edward Bell, M.D., University of Iowa professor of pediatrics, John Dagle, M.D., UI assistant professor of pediatrics, Stephanie Stewart, a registered nurse and nurse manager in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and Karen Johnson, a registered nurse and assistant nurse manager in the Newborn Study Center, will visit Weber Elementary School in Iowa City at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, to receive the quilts during a school assembly. Dagle and Johnson both have children who attend the school.

Last fall, Dagle and Johnson visited the school and talked to the children about babies in the nurseries, bringing such visual aids as "preemie" diapers and breathing tubes. The quilts were made as a way for the children to say "thank you" for the presentation and as a service project for the student teachers whose classes were visited.

This is the second project students at Weber Elementary have completed for the NICU nurseries. Last December, students made pattern books that were donated to families in the NICU.

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