Inside Gillette Blog

First Day of School for Kids at Gillette

Posted On: 09/06/2010

For most Minnesota kids, today is a day for excitement, seeing old friends (and meeting new ones), and maybe a few nerves. That’s right — happy first day of school!

You may think kids staying here at the hospital are missing out on this fun day.  But think again. A partnership between Gillette and St. Paul Public Schools means that children and teens who are recovering from a major surgery or traumatic injury can continue their lessons right here at Gillette. Our two classrooms are outfitted with the latest technology — including Webcams, laptops, a touch-screen computer, and a state-of-the-art SmartBoard — and are roomy enough to allow for wheelchairs, standers, and other equipment our patients need.

Patients here longer than two weeks attend school for an hour each day. Our teachers, Jennifer Monson-Gimpl and Lisa Peterson, tell us it’s often their favorite part of their day!  Jennifer and Lisa work one-on-one with patients to create lesson plans specially-designed for their unique needs. They can even set up video conferences with kids’ home schools, allowing them to interact with their very own classmates!

The September issue of Minnesota Medicine, which just hit stands today, included Gillette in an article on school for hospitalized kids. Check it out here!

Domonic, pictured here with teacher Lisa Peterson, learns about dinosaurs on the Smart Board.