North Bergen kindergarten class sends artwork – and pizza – to Palisades Medical Center


North Bergen students, teachers, and staff sent artwork – and pizza – to health care workers at the Palisades Medical Center battling the coronavirus crisis yesterday.


The video clip embedded shows the Lincoln Annex Kindergarten class expressing gratitude to those on the front lines fighting every day to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Utilizing the name “Kindergarten Kares,” the project was originally proposed as a simple thank-you meal for hospital staff, but blossomed into something bigger under the guidance of teachers Kathleen Fonde and Rita Stampe – as well as kindergarten director Esther Ortega.

The surprised healthcare workers at Palisades Medical Center were deeply touched by the video and its uplifting message.

“This is so beautiful!” wrote Director of External Affairs Nikki Mederos. “Amazing. Thank you!”

The video was delivered on April 8 along with a tall stack of pizzas purchased with donations from the school teachers and staff.

Additionally, water was donated by Palermo Pizza, and Barcian Printing donated a Kindergarten Kares banner. The video was edited by Sabrina Stampe, a broadcast associate at MLB network.

Others who supported the project are Tom Stampe, School Superintendent Dr. George Solter, Hospital Vice President Joseph Burt, and Executive Assistant Phyllis Capote.

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