St Johnsbury School afterschool program shows appreciation for NVRH frontline staff

Students handed out up to 100 grab-n-go snacks

Sunshine Squad 2022: St. Johnsbury School students in grades 5 through 8 hand out 100 grab-n-go snacks for Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) frontline staff to show their appreciation on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. L-R: Alexander Donaghy, Carol Hale, Karsyn Boutin, Haley Lacourse, Maddie Tinder, Bradyen Isham, Peyton Degree, Sabrina Tinder, Tammy MacQueen, Abby Brown, Helena Maquire, Alissa Gonyer, Jazmyn Briggs, Maya Welch, April Sholan, Gracie Patrick.

Vermont Business Magazine On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, students in the St. Johnsbury School’s afterschool program, the Sunshine Squad, handed out about 100 grab-n-go snacks for Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) frontline staff to show their appreciation.

This is the second year of the Sunshine Squad. This year the group received a $5,000 grant from Vermont Community Foundations NEK Fund. Throughout the school year, the group meets once a week to work on spreading happiness within the community.

“The purpose of this group, other than spreading sunshine, is to teach students about kindness, compassion and empathy,” team leader April Sholan said.

At the beginning of the year, the group created a list of projects that they would like to organize. This year one of the most memorable projects have been going to NVRH to hand out snacks and cards. Students enjoyed meeting nurses, doctors, hospital staff, and NVRH CEO Shawn Tester.

The Sunshine Squad has also sung Christmas carols at the St. Johnsbury Health & Rehab, volunteered at Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA), sent a surprise delivery of pizza and soda to surrounding first responders, delivered coffee and donuts to The St. Johnsbury Police Department and Fire Station, donated new pajamas, books and stuffed animals to DCF, and much more. Just a few weeks ago, they walked around St. Johnsbury handing out envelopes of "sunshine" to any and all strangers they came upon. Those envelopes contained inspirational quotes and phrases.

“We are so proud of the work these students have done to better our community,” Sholan added. “And we all look forward to spreading so much sunshine in the years to come.”

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital is located in St. Johnsbury in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. We are a community, not-for-profit, acute care, critical access hospital. NVRH is one of two Vermont hospitals designated as Baby FriendlyTM by the United Nations. The organization provides primary and preventive care, surgical and specialty services, inpatient and outpatient care and 24-hour, physician-staffed emergency services. Aligned with community partners, NVRH values and invests in efforts to address social conditions to create communities that are well-nourished, well-housed, physically healthy, mentally healthy, and financially secure. NVRH serves the health needs for over 30,000 people in Caledonia and Southern Essex Counties in Vermont and employs nearly 700 dedicated staff.

ST. JOHNSBURY, VT (May 16, 2022) – NVRH