St. Jude helps children keep up with their studies

(WMC-TV) – It is something you may not have thought about. What do young patients who must spend months at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital do about their education?

Thanks to donations, kids are able to continue their studies at the St. Jude School Program.

"You know, one of the things kids are used to doing is coming to school. So that's one way we try to keep it normal and keep it part of their community," said Kaci Richardson, teacher.

Kaci Richardson has been teaching patients at St. Jude for eight years.

Tucked away on the second floor of the main building, the St. Jude School Program consists of two classrooms, one of those are for kindergartners through 6th graders, and the other is for 7th graders through 12th graders.

Patients bring their own books and assignments from whichever school they usually attend back home.

"We contact the school and let them know they're going to be here and you know, we have a school program here, we are accredited, so any grades we give our students here will transfer anywhere," said Richardson.

If a school cannot provide assignments for a patient, they are still okay.

"Sometimes for reasons untold, the school systems aren't able to do that. So, we do have our own curriculum here. So we can pull from that at any time," Richardson explained.

Thanks to donations, the classrooms at St. Jude are equipped with everything a student may need.

Smart boards are in all of the rooms and kids have access to laptops so they can keep up with their studies in their hospital rooms.

"A lot kids come and that's one of the things they worry about because they feel that's one the things they still have some control over. You know, it's their friends at home and their teachers at home and their community, so we help them keep in touch with that part of their life," said Richardson.

You can help keep this program going strong by making a donation to St. Jude at any time.

For a $100 donation, you can enter to win the St. Jude Dream Home right now. That drawing will take place this Sunday.

Take a tour of the dream home that could soon be yours, by clicking here.

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