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Bicentennial Babies: Projects Highlighting Children
Start Date: 4/1/2016Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 4/1/2016End Time: 8:00 AM
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Bicentennial Babies: Projects Highlighting Children

The most important legacy of the Bicentennial celebration is Indiana’s children. Although it is important to look back on Indiana’s 200 years of history, it is also important to look forward to the future. There is no better way to celebrate our state than by working to improve the lives of Indiana children.

Legacy projects will celebrate and emphasize the importance of children throughout the Bicentennial year. Indiana Bicentennial Commission Co-Chair Becky Skillman said the Commission is focusing on children as a way to leave a lasting legacy for every Hoosier in the state.

“The Bicentennial Commission desires to leave a legacy by encouraging all communities, institutions and organizations to focus their programs and policies on the health and well-being of Indiana’s children,” Skillman said. “The quality of life among our citizens during the next 100 years will be enhanced by the effort to make our children the priority.”

It is projected that there will be 500 Bicentennial Babies born at the Witham Health Services Maternity Department. Boone County’s “Bicentennial Babies” project will provide hand-knit baby caps to all of these children. The project is a partnership between Boone County Bicentennial Committee, Boone County Senior Services and Witham Health Services. These caps will be a lasting momemto for the babies and families of the bicentennial year.

Greene County’s “Sweet Dreams Baby Bundles” project is another project that will make a difference in the lives of children this year.

The Baby Bundles project was developed at the Greene County General Hospital as a way to reduce infant mortality in Greene County. The hospital purchased baby boxes to give new mothers who have completed prenatal care and deliver at the hospital. The boxes are made of sturdy, flame-retardant material that is lined with a mattress, waterproof cover and cotton sheet. The boxes promote sleep safety and can be utilized as a bassinet. The boxes will be filled with a variety of items and educational materials.

Beyond the boxes themselves, the hospital will collect data to show county statistics before the program as well as track progression through patient surveys and monitor mortality rates.

Celebrating Bicentennial babies is the essence celebrating the future. It is important to instill in them the pride and values we have as Hoosiers. The Bicentennial is a perfect time to do this as we work collectively not only to celebrate the past 200 years but to better our state for Bicentennial babies and future generations.
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