St. John collects school supplies for Westwood

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published October 12, 2015


WARREN — The jobs that St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital employees perform on a daily basis have stretched beyond the medical center and into the community.

Since Sept. 9, hospital staff have been opening their hearts and wallets to help students at Westwood Elementary School in the Warren Woods Public Schools district. The hospital is located at 12 Mile and Hoover roads.

They collected backpacks, crayons, notebooks, erasers, pencils, pens, scissors and hand sanitizers for any student in need. The workers also collected $360 in cash for the school, which Westwood Principal Michelle Johnson said will be used for the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support program for educational assemblies and other activities.

On the afternoon of Oct. 6, Jeff Harris, security manager for the hospital’s East Region, and Patti LaGodna, administrative assistant for security, distributed the supplies. A group of PBIS student representatives helped carry the items inside. The students will also fill the backpacks with the supplies. Johnson said any student in need of school supplies will receive a backpack.

“It’s part of our valuable service,” Harris said. “With kids, you never know who needs what.”

“It doesn’t matter what community it is — there are always kids in need,” LaGodna said.

Every year, hospital staff pick a different local district in which to collect school supplies.

PBIS is a data-based program designed to teach students about the behavior expectations at the middle school level.  It is a proactive, positive, skill-building approach for the teaching and learning of successful student behavior. 

Schoolwide expectations for behavior are clearly stated, widely promoted and frequently referenced. Being respectful, showing responsibility and being safe in school are the basis of the program.