First Graders Take A Tour, Learn About Hospitals

Hospital halls are often filled with joy of new life or sorrow of tragedy, but today they were filled with Edgar Elementary first graders.

Our cameras were there along for the pediatric tour today.

The pediatric tours sponsored by a company named Partners at Ministry Saint Joseph's, in Marshfield, Wis., have been going on for decades with schools in the area.

The first graders on Wednesday were full of questions, as many first graders would if they've never been in a hospital before.

That's why a local elementary teacher said it's important to educate them so they're not scared if an event were to happen.

Six-year-old Carlie Stahel said hospitals don't scare her.

"No, (they don't scare me) because they're (doctors) actually helping people," Stahel said.

That was the goal Wednesday: helping Ms. Nowack's Edgar elementary first grade students understand what happens at hospitals.

Louise Kobylinski said she has volunteered to help educate kids for the last five years.

"So, they don't have to be scared or if they're sick and they have to get an X Ray, if they're sick it's not going to be scary for them," Kobylinski said.

Nearly 600 students have been filing through the halls since April of 1971.

The kids learned things like learning how to acclimate to life after the hospital.

They also learned about blood pressure and IVs.

Edgar first grade teacher Penny Nowack said tours are good for the kids.

"They're really receptive to asking questions, and at this age level, they have a lot of questions because it's really overwhelming the big building," Nowack said.

Nowack said talking to your kids helps too.

"I think that it's something parents don't think about unless something does happen to someone they know or someone in their family," Nowack said.

Wednesday's fun-filled field trip came to an end, and even Carlie left just as excited as she came.

Since the tours started in 1971 Kobylinski said the amount of schools doing tours have gone down.

They used to have 28 schools participating in the partners program, and now they have 16.

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