All pediatric patients in the Hadassah Medical Center’s Pediatrics Department attend the Hadassah Hospital School and learn a unique curriculum that fortifies them to understand and deal with their illness.

Accredited by the Israeli Ministry of Education, the school includes courses about the anatomy of blood vessels and the process of taking blood samples, road safety and the cause of traffic accidents, and baking. In the blood vessel course, the children can actually “draw blood” from a rubber arm filled with red-tinted water. They learn to confront their fears about having blood taken from them, and often become fascinated by the procedure. The road safety course, taught in collaboration with specially trained police officers, focuses on driving correctly to avoid accidents.

In the baking course, the children learn to bake all kinds of cookies and cakes, which are then distributed to the pediatric patients and staff alike.