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Students Participate in Starlight Gown Contest

Cato-Meridian Middle School fifth graders recently read about the bravery of children who have long hospital stays and discussed ways to help make those children feel better.
Students used their creativity to participate in the Starlight Gown contest, sponsored by Scholastic Books, in support of the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Each student designed a hospital gown that children might like to wear instead of the traditional gowns that are uncomfortable and unflattering.
Starlight gowns open on the side instead of at the back, which gives more privacy to the wearer. They also have plastic snaps at the top and side, which make it easier to receive medication or have scans done, and they come in a variety of fun and colorful patterns.
This is the second year that the Starlight Children’s Foundation has held a contest for students to submit their designs. The top 10 entries will be posted online for the public to vote on to determine the 5 winners. The winning designs are made into hospital gowns that are sent to over 600 hospitals in the country, including our own Upstate Golisano Children’s hospital in Syracuse.
For each design entry received, Scholastic Books will donate a book to a hospital. Thanks to the kindness of Cato-Meridian fifth graders, 63 books will be donated for children to read during their hospital stay.
Six fifth grade designs were chosen by Cato-Meridian teachers as the most creative. Each winner received a Certificate of Achievement and a coupon good for a free book (up to $5 value) from Scholastic Books.
The winners were students Jayla Garrigan, Jayda McIntyre, Lillian Calkins, Rylee Napolitano, Megan Kyle, and Mackenzie Mahoney.

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