Celebration for Tappan Hill Students
Future Nurses Moved by Experiences with Disabled Children
SWBOCES Nursing Students Throw Party for Tappan Hill Children
After being inspired by children during their clinical rotation at Tappan Hill School, SWBOCES Practical Nursing Program students raised money to throw a party for the youngsters with developmental and physical disabilities.
They held a bake sale at the SWBOCES Harrison office in May and used the $500 they collected to host a celebration at Tappan Hill. At the party, each child received a princess crown or sunglasses, a goody bag, pizza and other refreshments, and lots of TLC from the nursing students. The school is using the dozens of donated and purchased toys – from hula hoops and bubbles to puzzles and board games – during its summer program.
“These are going to be absolutely perfect,” teacher Kathleen Knudsen said at the event.
Tappan Hill student Steven Arellano chose a Hungry Hippo game from the pile of toys before leaving the event. “It was nice. It was great,” he said of the celebration.
The party took place in mid-June, several days before they officially became officially became certified to test for LPN licensure. Graduating students Keisha Shaw, Maria Brenes, Tatyana Chavez, Monica Delgado, Andrea Mullings, David Peguero and Nicole Stella were the hosts. Will Guterman, Practical Nursing and Continuing Education program supervisor, played guitar and sang “Bingo Was His Name-O,” “This Old Man” and other classics for the children.
“A special thank you to the nurses in the Adult Services Department, (nurse) Ann Means and Will Guterman for a lovely, lovely party for our students at Tappan Hill,” Principal Phyllis Rizzi said.
Mr. Guterman said the nursing students, led by Ms. Shaw, were moved by the children after spending time at Tappan Hill. “They were incredibly touched by the students who are here and immediately wanted to do something on their behalf,” he said.
He thanked the nursing students and the Tappan Hill administrators and teachers. “It was just a beautiful, beautiful event,” he said.
Ms. Shaw got a WWE toy for a boy who is a big fan of wrestling and WWE. She fell in love with him and other children during her short time there.
“It was so awesome. It was so emotional,” she said of the celebration. “The kids were so happy, and we’re glad that we could do it.”
Teacher Errol Rivera thanked the nursing students for hosting the party and for spending time at Tappan Hill during their rotation. “I hope you learned as much as we learned,” he told them. “We appreciate your time and effort.”
Angela Macri-Mucci, teaching assistant at Tappan Hill, was emotional as she left the party and thanked the nursing students. “This is so touching,” she said. “It really takes a special person to put a special needs child first and that’s what they did.”