Hospital makes large donation to school

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-A local high school recently received a very generous donation from a local hospital.

St. Bernards Medical Center donated somewhere between fifteen to twenty thousand dollars worth of athletic equipment to Jonesboro High School.

Director of the athletic department at JHS, David Daniel, says this monumental donation started with a simple phone call.

"When we knew we were going to renovate the gym, I made a phone call to St. Bernards, " Daniels said. "I knew that they were working on the new Health and Wellness Institute and I was wondering what they were going to do with their old equipment. And so, we ended up with it! "

Daniels says this equipment is going to have a huge impact on their athletic program.

"It's going to be a great benefit to all of our athletes, " Daniels said enthusiastically. "We didn't have a weight room in the gym previously and this can be used by boy's basketball, girls basketball, volleyball, P. E., and basically any other athletes that we have."

Administrator of St. Bernards, Michael Givens, says he and fellow employees are proud to have the opportunity to get to help.

"We've had a long partnership with Jonesboro Public Schools and many of the schools within this region, " Givens said. "And to be able to take equipment from the previous wellness center that we had at the hospital and to be able to donate it to Jonesboro Public Schools is just an exciting thing for us."

Daniels says they can't wait for the students to get to start taking advantage of this wonderful, new weight room.

For more information about Jonesboro High School, log onto their website.

For additional information about St. Bernards Medical Center, click onto their site.

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