The non-profit now has volunteer college students and medical students conducting science experiments with sick children in hospitals in five different states.
TEACH (Together Educating All Children in Hospitals), a nonprofit organization that creates an outlet for hospitalized children to passionately engage with the sciences through fun, interactive experiments, announced its expansion to a second hospital in the state of Michigan, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, which is located in Detroit. Volunteers have already been conducting science experiments with ill children in C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.
TEACH Salt Painting Module
TEACH Valentine’s Day Module
According to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, in 2012, there were nearly 5.9 million hospitalizations for children in the United States. Without the educational and social environments that schools and day-to-day life provides, the days spent stuck in hospitals seem to be endless for pediatric patients. Children are often left isolated from their family and peers, with little opportunity to nurture the curiosity that so often defines childhood.
“One child asked if we could come back tomorrow, because it was so much fun,” said Jared Silverberg, President of the Michigan TEACH branch. TEACH plans on reaching over 100 children a year between the two hospitals. TEACH has been able to serve over 1700 children in 22 hospitals in the U.S. and Israel but hopes to expand in the coming year, to reach even more children. To support this endeavor, a campaign has been launched to spread TEACH’s mission and to secure the financial support necessary to bring educational and entertaining activities to hundreds of additional children: https://teach4kids. networkforgood.com/projects/ 45491-teach
Children use everyday objects to understand biological concepts such as, respiration by using household materials, balloons and plastic bottles to build models of lungs. In many cases, the children save the instructions to continue to perform the experiment even after the volunteers leave. Student volunteers sign-up to visit hospitals and perform these and other science modules with the pediatric patients, bringing education, energy and excitement to pediatric patients.
In addition to expanding to additional hospitals, TEACH is looking for more students who would like to get involved with the organization. If you are looking for a way to make a difference in a child’s life, please consider joining TEACH! If you would like to become a hospital leader, volunteer, bring TEACH to a hospital near you, or you are an organization that would like to collaborate with TEACH, contact the President at Isaac.Snyder@TEACH4Kids.org .
TEACH (Together Educating All Children in Hospitals) is an international not-for-profit organization that brings exciting, hands-on, educational programming to children in hospitals. Its mission is to create an outlet for children of all ages to passionately engage with the sciences through the medium of fun, interactive experiments. For more information about TEACH, to donate, or to learn how to get involved, please visit the website TEACH4kids.org, and follow TEACH on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ studentsTEACH.
*Photos courtesy of TEAM