Riverview students honor nurses

Thursday morning, students from all four Riverview Elementary kindergarten classes walked to neighboring Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital to honor nurses during National Nurses Week. (Courtesy photo)

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BIG RAPIDS — Thursday morning, students from all four Riverview Elementary kindergarten classes walked to neighboring Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital to honor nurses during National Nurses Week.

About 110 students participated. They wore “nurses’ hats” they’d fashioned from paper and paper plates, and passed out drawings and posters they’d made in class for the nurses, showing nurses at work and with children. Some were able to present their cards and drawings to parents who work at the hospital.

They were greeted by many nurses and administrators in the lobby. Some visited other areas of the hospital to pass out drawings to nurses who couldn’t leave their stations where they were caring for patients.

Teacher Melissa Scheible said the school organizes the annual event to help teach the kids to build relationships with their neighbors in the community.

The teachers also helped their students understand the role of nurses. Scheible, for example, taught a lesson before the event on what nurses do to help people.

“It’s a really happy event for us; one of my favorite events of the year. We’re all very touched to see how these children recognize how our nurses care for people and the community, ” said Caroline Ring, chief nursing officer for Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals.

Caroline Ring, chief nursing officer for Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals (center), greets kindergartners. (Courtesy photo)

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