News Release

Thursday, January 09, 2003

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043

The Norfolk Foundation Awards Grant To Benefit Hospital School Program

NORFOLK, Va.-Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters announced today award of a $32,618 grant from The Norfolk Foundation to benefit its hospital school program. The grant will be used to purchase computers, educational software and videos, scanners and a digital camera for the program, a state operated, hospital-based school sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education in cooperation with Norfolk Public Schools. The hospital school program, with its staff of experienced teachers and educational consultants, works with children who are hospitalized at CHKD and patients with life-long chronic illness who are often at risk of falling behind academically. Working collaboratively with the child's home school, the hospital school program staff provides instruction in one of the hospital classrooms or at bedside when illness prevents the child from leaving his or her room. "With an average of 225 students per month, the program is extremely busy," said Margaret Coleman, CHKD's hospital school program director. "Often, there are not enough computers and associated technologies to provide all our students with the tools they need to complete assignments and communicate with their home school, other students and family. "This generous grant from The Norfolk Foundation will allow us to further equip our teachers with the tools needed to educate children who are battling overwhelming medical conditions. It will help our patients maintain their academic progress and provide them a sense of normalcy during an otherwise turbulent time in their lives." The Norfolk Foundation is a community foundation and regional grant maker. Since its founding in 1950, it has provided more than $55 million in grants and scholarships to improve life in southeastern Virginia. Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is the only facility of its kind in Virginia, serving the medical and surgical needs of children throughout Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit hospital, founded in 1961, cares for more than 130,000 children annually as inpatients or outpatients, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions.