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Bringing 'School' into the Hospital Room

A school hospital program helps kids learn at Arkansas Children's Hospital.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- At Arkansas Children's Hospital, many kids who are sick or hurt cannot leave to go to school, but they get school brought to them.

A teacher actually goes to the child's bedside and basically works as a tutor, making sure each student is keeping up with his or her studies.

We got an opportunity to see first-hand how this program comes together in the hospital room.

Doctors diagnosed six-year-old Dixie with a form of leukemia. Because of her treatments, she stays at the hospital.

But with the help of one of four certified teachers, Dixie's keeping up with her school work and will be up-to-speed when she goes back to the classroom.

Renee Hunte, with Arkansas Children's Hospital, said, "But I think it also provides hope for children in the midst of tragedy. Things going on in the hospital environment, it does give them a lot of hope."

Along with all the standard lessons like math and science, kids at Arkansas Children's Hospital also get a chance to work on their creativity, in art classes.

Hospital staff members say about 30 patients from Pre-K all the way up to 12th grade take advantage of this free program.

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