Park Elementary National Junior Honor Society Giving Back

Tara Eastburn, a teacher at Park Elementary and adviser of The National Junior Honor Society, started a project with the NEHS students for Riley Children’s hospital. The students are working on making blankets for Riely patients.  

Eastburn, “My son was 3 months early and they gave us one right after he was born to put over his incubator. When I told the kids the story they loved it and wanted to give back.” 

The experts at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health have provided compassionate care, support, and comfort to children and their families for more than 85 years. As one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals and Indiana’s first and only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, they have treated more than 300,000 patients each year, across Indiana, the nation and the world. 

Eastburn says this is their service project for this semester. 

“This is one that the kids have been the most excited about. They are having fun making them and are looking forward to taking them.” 

“I love Riley. They are amazing. This was a small way we can give back for all they do.” 

Jackie Vest, “This project touched my heart. Riley saved my daughter’s life just this past fall, finding a rare blood condition and saving her with a blood transfusion. When I told my daughter, Cora, about this blanket project she was blessed. Being a past student of Park and knowing Eastburn, she wanted to thank them.

Cora Sullivan,” There was a day I thought maybe they would never find out if I would be ok. Mama would hold me with special blankets at Riley. I really thank each of you for this kindness. I can say I know what it’s like to be scared and sometimes a blanket is all it took for me to hold on to and pray. Mrs. Eastburn thank you and everyone working on this project. It means so much to so many! GOD BLESS!” 

Jackie Vest, with Channel 27 News, will continue to follow this amazing act of giving back. 

Channel 27 News would love to spotlight all schools actively giving back to our communities. If you have a story of giving back, contact Channel 27 News. 

If you are looking for ways to give back, here is a link from Riley that can help:


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