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Frazer School Students Sew Quilts for NICU Babies


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The Post-Standard



Hand-sewn, colorful quilts + 26 first-graders = heartwarming!

Students from Frazer School in the Syracuse City School District (SCSD) visited Crouse Hospital today to deliver six quilts they made for babies in the hospital's Walter R.G. Baker Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Using a grant from SCSD Foundation, Frazer teachers Caroline McAfee and MaryPat Keegan coordinated a community service project for their class. During the school year, they've been working with the first-graders, teaching them the importance of helping and caring for others and giving back to society. The students were placed in six groups, which each picked their own colors and designs. Sitting with each student in the classroom, Ms. Keegan helped them sew the quilts piece using a sewing machine she brought from home.


Kathy Costello, RN, nurse manager of the NICU, welcomed the students, explained to them what the NICU is all about and thanked them for their efforts on behalf of the babies at Crouse. The children watched a video from the hospital's website about the NICU, and enagaged in a question/answer period about what premature and ill babies experience. Phyllis Devlin, director of development for the Crouse Health Foundation, helped accept the quilts, followed by a round of applause in thanks for the teachers' leadership and the students' creativity and thoughtfulness, led by Community Outreach Manager Leesa Kelley.

Thanks to the Quilt Teams at Frazer School


Here are the messages the students sent along with their colorful quilts:



Asayana, Emilio, Robert and Sarah
"We hope the quilt is warm and cozy and the baby is so happy. We love babies because they are cute and little."


Quilts 4



Den’Nette, Cheyanna and Shandazjiah

"Dear moms, we hope the quilts help your babies feel warm and cozy."


Quilts 6



Gabby, Chelsea, Lailani and Macayla

"Dear babies, we hope you like the quilts. We hope the quilts help the pain go away."


Quilts 3



Rose, Ams, Danh, Jamie and Angel

"The quilts will make the babies warm and cozy. We hope the babies are happy. We hope the quilts bring happy memories."

Quilts 5



Kevious, Lenora, Seth and Zakayha

"Dear Babies, We hope the quilts make you happy and cozy. With love."

Quilts 2




Zech, Thienbinh, Sei Blu and Mary
"We hope the quilt is warm and cozy and the baby is so happy. We love babies because they are cute and little."








  Quilts 1


Thank you also to Kristeen and Shamor for also working on the quilts!

Cheryl Abrams
Crouse Hospital
Communications Department
Phone: 315/470-7123
Fax: 315/470-7232

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