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Big Creek supports Northside patients
Big Creek Elementary students, from left, Jackie Wagner, Rachel Hicks and Caleb Hensley show some of the cards they made for Northside Hospital patients. Theyre joined by teacher Amy Petrella, far left, and Kelli Buchwald, manager of community relations for the Northside Hospital Foundation. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

SOUTH FORSYTH — Students at Big Creek Elementary have helped lift the spirits of local cancer patients.

Throughout the holiday season, students at the school in south Forsyth were asked to donate at least $1 for Northside Hospital’s Cancer Institute. For every dollar given, students received a card to decorate for a cancer patient’s meal tray.

More than $1,300 was raised and the cards were distributed to patients at Northside’s Forsyth, Alpharetta and Atlanta campuses.

This was the fourth year that Big Creek has helped raise funds for the hospital’s cancer programs. Sherri Black, the school’s principal, said the effort is a small way to help out.

“Big Creek is thrilled to give back to one of our Partners in Education, Northside Hospital, and help make some cancer patients’ holiday seasons brighter,” she said in a statement.

The school’s fifth-grade staff and students coordinated the fundraiser.

“A special thank-you goes out to teacher Amy Petrella, who coordinated and communicated with Northside to make this effort the wonderful success that it has been over the past four years,” Black said.

The hospital has been a Partner in Education with Big Creek since 2009.

“Northside Hospital is proud to have such an outstanding Partner in Education that supports our patients,” said Kelli Buchwald, manager of community relations for Northside’s Foundation. “This money will go a long way in serving our patients.”

In 2012, the hospital awarded a grant toward the school’s new science lab and also has sponsored supplies for its clinic.