Amazing Read-a-Thon results help patients get better technology

These patients will benefit from a new Smart board

ACH patients will now have a Smart Board in their hospital school classroom thanks to students at Parkers Chapel Elementary School.

It wasn’t your typical end-of-the-school-year field trip.

These weren’t your typical students, either. 

Their destination? Arkansas Children’s Hospital. 

No one was hurt or sick. Instead, students from Parkers Chapel Elementary School in El Dorado were celebrating an amazing feat. 

Every single student at the school participated in the Read-a-Thon. Together, the students read 4,058 books.

The students earned pledges from friends and family members for each finished book.

In just one week, the school collected over $15,000 to help patients at ACH.

Molly Ann Jones, in her role as Miss Greater Camden, helped organize the fundraiser. Molly is a graduate of Parkers Chapel Elementary School and raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as part of her pageant responsibilities.

Molly is passionate about helping children, especially children with special needs. Clearly, her enthusiasm is contagious

“I gave $100 from my own piggy bank,” says Jackson Dison, a first grader and one of the top fundraisers. 

Peter Cogburn, a fourth grader who was also one of the top fundraisers, agrees. “My favorite part was helping kids.”

The top fundraisers – Jackson, Peter and their classmates Alyssa and Ellye – earned a trip to the zoo and a tour of Arkansas Children’s Hospital. 

Their donation will be used to purchase a Smart Board for the hospital school classroom. A Smart Board is an interactive white board and projector that connects directly to a computer - it's like a digital chalkboard. 

The hospital school helps provide a bit of normalcy for patients who are in the hospital for a long time. Because of donors like you, these patients will now have the latest technology for their classroom

Many thanks to everyone at Parkers Chapel Elementary School and Miss Greater Camden Molly Ann Jones for working so hard to create possibility for children!

To learn how your children can host a fundraiser in your community to benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital, please contact the Foundation office by email or call 501-364-1476.

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