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Celebrate Mardi Gras with St. Luke's Children's Hospital

By Ken Dey, News and Community
March 2, 2011

Walmart will kick off festivities with $50,000 grant to hospital school

What: St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital is holding a Mardi Gras celebration for its patients. The event will include a parade down the halls of the pediatric floor of the hospital. Children will be dressing up in their best Mardi Gras costumes and then enjoying a selection of authentic Mardi Gras food. The event will kick off with a $50,000 grant from Walmart. The donation comes from Wal-Mart’s State Giving Grant program. The grant is directed at the Children’s Hospital School. The school, the only one of its kind in the state, has a full-time teacher that provides instruction for patients being treated at St. Luke’s. The grant will help pay for books, supplies and equipment, and provide funding for a Children’s Hospital school newspaper. The grant will also fund two programs including a school reentry program to help transition patients from the hospital to the home and back to their school, and a puppet program that helps educate children about learning disabilities and medical conditions.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, 190 E. Bannock. St. The event will begin with a check presentation from Wal-Mart in the Children’s Hospital School, fourth floor.  The Mardi Gras parade follows the presentation.

Who: Officials with Walmart will be present for the check presentation and St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital teacher Carla Hart will be available to talk about how important the grant is to the school.

Visuals: In addition to the check presentation, children will be participating in a Mardi Gras Parade throughout the halls, followed by games and activities and plenty of traditional Mardi Gras food provided by a local caterer.

About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.

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190 E. Bannock St.
Boise, ID 83712
208-706-KIDS (5437)