Northeast Family Medical Center Adopts Local School

Madison, Wisconsin - UW Health Northeast Family Medical Center physician Sarina Schrager, MD, says proximity was one of the reasons she and her colleagues decided to "adopt" Lake View Elementary School as part of the Foundation for Madison Public Schools' Adopt-a-School program. 


It's just down the street.


"Our clinic is three blocks away," she said. "We thought, 'What a great idea, to get involved.'"


Determining their initial involvement was as easy as asking.


"The school told us that they spent a lot of their disposable money on buying snow pants and boots for kids who didn't have any," Dr. Schrager said. "We collected and donated close to 40 pairs of snowpants and about 15 pairs of boots for the kids."


The clinic has also contributed fruit for their back-to-school backpack breakfast program and vegetables for their parent-teacher conferences.


Clinic staff has also offered its time to spend with students in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters "School Friends" program, as well.


"The involvement of a community business or establishment in a local school is key because it's in the environment in which the kids live. Many of them walk past the medical center" on their way to school, says Lake View PTA president Jim Porter, adding that he looks forward to working with Northeast staff to set up a wellness and health day at the school.


"I'm very grateful for their willingness to come to the school and assist kids," says Lake View principal Kristi Kloos, "and be a part of this community in a way that will make a difference for years to come."


The video below explores both the Northeast Family Medical Center's involvement (starting at the 1:54 mark) in Adopt-a-School and the contributions of Thermo Fisher Scientific to Cherokee Middle School's science curriculum. 


Date Published: 05/12/2013

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