Volunteer Spotlight: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Chapter
This past fall Project Sunshine at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (Formerly,
University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences) hosted a fun Book Buddies program
where six volunteers took turns reading "The Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister and helping the children
at Women´s and Children´s Hospital make paper plate rainbow fish. The volunteers assisted the children
with designing and making their paper plate fish, but were also flexible enough to engage the children
in other ways. If some of the children weren´t interested in making a fish, the volunteers were just as
happy to play air hockey or other games with them.
According to Colleen Curtin and Cassandra Young, the Project Sunshine Co–Chapter Leaders, one of the children
was particularly excited to work on this underwater themed activity, "One child was actually really knowledgeable
about fish, so he made a ´viper fish´ in addition to his Rainbow Fish. His enthusiasm was contagious and the
volunteers really had fun helping him deck out his special fish."
After their program, Colleen and Casandra also received this wonderful feedback from Women´s
and Children´s Hospital.
"Our partner in Child Life gave us a huge compliment, she said that our group is one of ´the easiest groups´
because the students work so well with the children, and she wasn´t worried about anyone being uncomfortable. One
family member commented on how engaging we were as readers, and how impressed she was."
The children and volunteers really enjoyed this successful Book Buddies program and look forward to more programs this year!