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Indian Trail donates games to Good Sam pediatric ward

Bucks for Bananas

Indian Trail students paid a visit to the pediatric ward at Good Samaritan Hospital June 5 to donate a basket full of games they had purchased for the young patients and their families to enjoy.

The money for the games was collected through a program called Bucks for Bananas that was started by a group of students and Title 1 instructional assistant Robin Effrein.

Each day, at least four to six students play Bananagrams at Effrein’s table during lunch and lunch recess.

“It began as just a few students and turned into a huge deal. I had to start taking reservations to get everyone in,” Effrein said. “The idea was that if you came to play you had to bring spare change from home. It had to be at least a penny. Since January we have collected more than $100–not bad for spare change!”

Because they have enjoyed playing Banangrams so much, they as a group decided to use all of the donations to buy Bananagrams, as well as copies of related games Pairs in Pears and Appletters, for the children’s floor at the hospital. On June 5, Effrein, along with students Katie Anthony, Jessica Windischman, Priya Patel and Annemarie Elser, stopped by the pediatric ward at Good Samaritan Hospital to deliver the games and a card signed by many of the Indian Trail Bananagrams players.

“That was a great idea, and the kids will really love it,” said Peggy Farrell, manager of the neonatal intensive care unit and pediatrics at Good Samaritan Hospital.

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