Students from Sunnyslope Elementary School in Port Orchard will give Harrison cancer patients a unique gift this week: handcrafted journals made with love. The youngsters designed the cover artwork of 100 journals for patients to use for reflection and expression throughout their cancer treatment. Each journal’s opening page offers encouraging words penned by the students.
The journals will be presented Wednesday, June 20, at 9 am, during the school’s year-end pep assembly to RNs Carole McDowell and Jean Neilson. McDowell is nurse manager of Harrison’s oncology patient-care unit. With Harrison’s blessing, Neilson, a Harrison nurse for 14 years and whose son is a Sunnyslope student, took her journal idea to principal Bob Lesley who was eager to support the community service effort. Sunnyslope librarian Barb Haddad worked with students one day a week on the journals, which were donated by Rose’s Crafts of Port Orchard, and Silverdale’s Artists Edge.
“We’re grateful for this loving gesture that affords our patients a positive outlet for healing self-reflection,” said Kay Buitenveld, director of Harrison’s oncology services.