MERRILLVILLE | Kids4Kids, a Merrillville High School student group, and the Merrillville Rotary Club have partnered to provide electronic games and laptop computers to the pediatrics units at The Methodist Hospitals, Northlake Campus in Gary and Southlake Campus in Merrillville.
These games and computers will become part of a permanent learning and games center for the young patients at these hospitals.�There will also be mobile storage cabinets provided to store the games and electronic equipment .
The games and computers will be used for educational purposes as well for school age children who are able to keep up with school work from their hospital beds or other recovery areas.
The partnership grew out of the initial efforts of Kids4Kids group of MHS students who started donating games to the pediatrics unit.�When the Merrillville Rotary was approached for a donation, the club decided to partner with the student group to make a major and permanent donation of more than $5,000 worth of electronic games, laptop computers and mobile storage units.� The storage cabinets and games will be labeled with stickers identifying the Merrillville Rotary Club and Kids4Kids groups as the donors.
Key members of the Kids4Kids group who initiated the idea and helped select age-appropriate games and electronic games are Brandon Taylor, Romeo Harper, Katy Tarr, Mark Campbell, Marissa Taylor, Tyler Roark and Sami Serwacki.
Merrillville Rotary Club members who spearheaded the project for their membership are Dr. Tony Lux, superintendent of the Merrillville Community School Corporation, �Ralph Neff and Ray Snemis.
Working with the student and civic groups on behalf of the hospital was Brenda Jones, director of Women�s and Children�s Services.