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Richmond Christmas Parade

Thank You! 

National Volunteer Appreciation week comes just once a year, and this provides us with a perfect opportunity to recognize and thank Patient first staff who join us at community events. Throughout the year many step away from roles in their center or office to represent Patient First at a variety of events and activities in the community. Organizers work tirelessly to put together events, and when Patient First staff participates in those events, we help to put “unity” in community. Come out see us when we’re at a location near you!

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Reading Initiative- Free Book and Review Program 

Patient First is proud to continue supporting Colonial Heights Middle School.  This year they used their donation from Patient First to help fund their Book Review Program and Free Book Friday.  The programs encourage the students to get excited about reading. For Free Book Friday students are selected weekly to pick out a new book that they can keep.  After reading any book of their choice a student will submit a book review that can be reviewed by their peers and staff.  Once the summary is completed they are able to select a treat of their choice. The programs are separate but they work together to improve literacy skills and to cultivate an environment that supports the enjoyment of reading.
 

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James W. Lilley, Jr. Elementary School

There’s no denying that since March 2020, the pandemic has taken its toll on the emotional health of students and educators everywhere. James W. Lilley, Jr. Elementary School in South Jersey, near our Sicklerville center, tackled things head on and sought ways to raise spirits. Accordingly, the have established a “PRIDE” (Positivity, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Effort) program at the school; and, they are recognizing student achievements each month. Patient First’s donation helped the school purchase “Paw Power” spirit wear T-shirts for PRIDE student leaders. Each month Lilley students are excited to learn who will be recognized from each classroom and rewarded with a special luncheon and their T-shirt. Many students have already been recognized, and this program will continue throughout the school year. Students have been excited to wear their T-shirts during the last Friday each month which is “Spirit Day” at the school. They will wear their shirts again for an end-of-year PRIDE celebration and Field Day. Keep up the good work Lilley Elementary! We are pleased to be a part of celebrating your students.

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Kindness Murals

Kindness Murals- Buckland Mills Elementary

For the 2021-2022 school year Buckland Mills Elementary used a Patient First donation for the continuation of their "Kindness" murals. The two photos are of the most recent murals that were painted this past summer. Buckland Mills Elementary students love coming back for a new year to see what murals have been added. These mural are positive affirmations and an inspiration to students and staff to spread kindness. 


 

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Camelot Elementary School Partnership

Camelot Elementary School, a Purple Star School has fostered a continued partnership with Patient First over the past several years.  This school year they utilized their donation to fund a student incentive program.  The students earn Good Knight Bucks for good behavior.  Their bucks are placed in a treasure chest for a weekly drawing.  If that students name is drawn they are able to pick out a prize from the prize box.  Patient First is proud to help support the students in the community while helping to promote positive behavior.
 

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Sheridan Elementary School Partnership

Each year Patient First identifies a few local schools near our centers to provide a monetary gift that we know each appreciates, and needs to bring something a little extra to the school or classroom. This year was no exception.  On a recent visit to Sheridan Elementary School in Allentown, PA, the principal, Ms. Lesko, and students surprised us with a holiday gratitude card to say thanks for our gift. “Grateful … Thankful … Kind … Nice” are just a few sentiments from the students at Sheridan. Sheridan’s Parent Teacher Organization will purchase a Sheridan shirt for each student in the school to support school spirit and for students to wear on special occasions. This will be made possible through Patient First’s gift.

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Hanover Township Community Center Winter Tree Lighting 

We have participated in Hanover Township Community Center’s Winter Tree Lighting event in previous years, but there was something extra magical about being there this year. This Bethlehem, PA neighborhood really comes together to celebrate the holiday season, and we were so excited to return this year and be part of the fun (and of course the hot dogs, hot chocolate, cookies … and Santa and his reindeer, too). We so enjoy returning to participate in events at this location since the Township folks and Community Center staff are outstanding to work with. AND … the Center is almost within walking distance of our Bethlehem center. We are looking forward to returning for more fun and events there in the Spring 2022!

See more news and event photos here. 

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Richmond Christmas Parade

It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas all down Broad Street on Saturday, December 4th as the 38th Annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade took place.  Thousands of onlookers flooded the sidewalks to witness the procession down the streets of downtown Richmond.  This year over 20 Patient First employees helped carry the giant Kung Fu Panda balloon as the crowd cheered with excitement.  Although the parade could not take place last year due to the pandemic, that had no effect on the outcome of participation from companies and supporters this year.  An estimated over 200,000 people were in attendance.  People were definitely in the holiday spirit and filled with cheer.  From our family to yours, Patient First would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays.

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Leftover Turkey Trot

Cold weather and strong winds did not keep about 75 hearty runners, ranging in age from 11 to 67, from participating in this year’s Wildcat Foundation Leftover Turkey Trot. Patient First was the presenting sponsor for the event, now in its second year. Held at the Memorial Park Stadium in Mechanicsburg, the event featured a 5k road and trail run, a 1.5 mile Family Fun Run and Walk, and was staggered throughout the morning in order to accommodate Covid safety protocols.

The event is hosted by the Wildcat Foundation, an education foundation that provides financial support to the Mechanicsburg Area School District. Despite the less than ideal running conditions, organizers deemed the event a great success!

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Christkindlmarkt

Christkindlmarkt

Bethlehem’s Christkindlmarkt was launched in 1993 and has become a popular holiday destination drawing more than one million visitors over the past 25+ years.  It is a one-of-a-kind family event that celebrates the spirit of the season, and was twice recognized as one of the best holiday markets in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure. 

This year, the event experienced something new. Us! Patient First was able to participate for the first time during “Opening Weekend” as a day vendor, and it was great fun. The event began on Friday, November 19 and runs every weekend until December 19, 2021.

Although we were there for just a day, we joined more than 100 other vendors who will be on site for the run of the event. For us, it was a day well spent. We heard from folks who had great experiences at our Patient First locations throughout the Lehigh Valley and all over Pennsylvania. We also had visitors from New Jersey and Maryland stop by our tent for a chat, and to pick up some of our ever-popular give away items. 

The entire environment really put all of us in the holiday spirit with so many lights, decorated trees, ornaments, ice carvers, and more! It became even more spectacular when dusk approached and all of the lights become even more visible. It was a sight to behold and enjoyable for young and old alike. It was an impressive event with big crowds they tell us get even heavier closer to Christmas. We hope to return in 2022.

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