Meramec Heights Elementary School
Arnold, Missouri

Small Hands, Big Heart -- NICU Care Packages
Small Hands, Big Heart is a school-wide service-learning project in conjuction with the music program. The mission is to help students to experience empathy by providing families with infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with care packages that give them items they need as well as items to help build memories and offer a touch of comfort during a difficult time. These activities are inspired by brain research to encourage a premature baby's brain development, utilizing reading and writing models to enhance educational learning across the curriculum, and most simply inspired by the joy of childhood creativity to help heal the minds and hearts of all siblings who are waiting for their loved ones to grow. The students collected books, coloring books, crayons and water bottles. The students studied nursery rhymes, made countdown calendars and bookmarks, and created incubator art.

Main Contact
Mrs. Kathy Hann
Music Teacher
hannk@fox.k12.mo.us
http://www.merameces.fox.k12.mo.us