LPN students from Riverside School of Health Careers' School of Practical Nursing present a certificate representing a paver that the 2012 LPN class purchased to be installed at St. Mary's Home. From left, student Joan Forbes, student Melena Mims, instructor Sierra Funk, class President Jenny Hart and St. Mary's CEO William C. Giermak.

When the students in the 2012 LPN class at Riverside School of Health Careers’ School of Practical Nursing began holding bake sales and car washes earlier this year, they didn’t know what they would do with the funds they collected. Then, they came to St. Mary’s Home for a clinical rotation and they were inspired to purchase a paver as a way to support St. Mary’s and give thanks for their learning experiences here. “We met some amazing kids and staff,” said Jenny Hart, class president.

Hart and fellow students Joan Forbes and Melena Mims, with instructors Sierra Funk and Susan Brown, returned to St. Mary’s on Nov. 5 to present a framed certificate with the names of all of the LPN students and the inscription to be engraved on the paver: “Your Smiles Are Kisses to Our Souls.”

St. Mary’s CEO WIlliam C. Giermak, Chief Nursing Officer Grace Jabon, RN, and Director of Staff Development Susan Kok, RN, thanked the students for their generosity and service. “We love having students here,” Giermak told them.

The students’ paver will be placed in the brick walkway at St. Mary’s main entrance. Pavers engraved with a loved one’s name or a sentiment are a way to support the children and young adults of St. Mary’s Home and create a lasting memory. For information on how to purchase a paver, click here.

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