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Baldwin High School Continues to Collaborate with Northwell Health Through Pandemic

Students and Teachers Find Creative Ways to Recognize Healthcare Workers

Baldwin High School has been partnering with Northwell Health for eight years as part of the district’s school-to-career program. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, students and teachers have come up with creative ways to thank the staff of this major healthcare provider for helping to fight the world-wide pandemic.

 Project Gratitude

Operation Gratitude

For the last five years, Baldwin High School art and photography students have brought peace and serenity to the patients of Northwell Health through their “calming murals.” The collection of students’ paintings and photographs are donated and displayed on the walls for visitors, including those who are ill, to see. This year, under the direction of art teacher, Kelly Iovine, and the director of the fine and performing arts, Andre Poprilo, the high school launched “Operation Gratitude” as a way to keep this idea of using art to inspire and lift the spirits of others. The project was open to all art students. The young artists who volunteered their time and submitted either a digital or a handmade piece of art to express their support and gratitude for the medical staff. George Dormani of Minuteman Press then donated his services and printed the artwork on large poster boards as a way to also show his gratitude towards those on the front lines.

Other Students and Teachers Find Innovative Ways to Say “Thanks”

Teachers and students across the high school have responded through various mediums to illustrate just how much the healthcare workers of Northwell Health, and in general, inspire the Baldwin community.

Michele Leonardo, a Baldwin high school business teacher, generated a Padlet, or an electronic bulletin board, for students and faculty to easily add their own pictures, letters, drawings and notes to thank healthcare workers and those on the front lines. The Padlet was sent to Northwell Health administration, who then shared with their staff through social media.   

Special Education teacher, Kathryn Brown asked her students to draft letters and cards for those serving on the front lines of the deadly virus. These same students  had participated in the Northwell Health Spark! Challenge for the Physician Partners last fall. The letters and cards were sent to the Workforce Readiness Department of Northwell Health and distributed to the staff.

In addition, Baldwin High School senior, Megan Doyle, who proudly participated in the Spark! Challenge for Cohen's Children's Medical Center for Nursing this year, wrote a poem to share with the nurses to help convey her thankfulness for their hard work and dedication in a more personal way.  

The administration of Northwell Health has expressed their appreciation in having such a solid and meaningful partnership with the Baldwin Union Free School District and how despite the cancellations of Shadow Days, internships, and competitions, students and teachers have still had a profound impact on the healthcare workers through the outpour of support, helping to motivate the essential employees during the most difficult of times.