Congratulations to the 2021 graduates and award winners of ChristianaCare’s First State School who celebrated their achievements on June 1.

The school is embedded at Wilmington Hospital, where students with chronic illnesses in grades kindergarten through 12 attend classes in a medically supervised setting.

First State School is a collaboration between ChristianaCare and the Delaware Department of Education through the Red Clay School District that gives children and adolescents who would otherwise be homebound with serious illnesses the chance to attend school with their peers while they get the medical treatment they need.

The trailblazing school has served more than 400 students since its founding in 1985.

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“Our teachers, nurses, doctors, psychologists and social workers collaborate to meet the educational, physical, emotional and social needs of the children we serve,” said Elizabeth Houser, MSN, APN, program director.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we worked closely with parents, primary care providers, specialists and resources in the community so we could provide virtual instruction and then to open in-person when it was safe.

“Our motto ‘stronger together’ has been a driving force this year.”

David Paul, M.D., FAAP, chair of Pediatrics, and Dorrell Green, MEd, superintendent of the Red Clay Consolidated School District, addressed the graduates and awardees. First State School’s popular Steel Drum Band gave a celebratory performance for the students, faculty, staff, families and friends in attendance.

See our photo gallery from the First State School graduation and award ceremony here.