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Star Wars Characters Descend Onto Metro Charter Elementary

Dignity Health is partnering with Kids for Peace to sponsor the 2017 Great Kindness Challenge, a global program that aims to inspire students to make a lifelong commitment to service and kindness.


In front of a school, assembly of  over 250 students, doctors and staff from Dignity Health – California Hospital Medical Center demonstrate to students the benefits of being kind while unveiling a group of Star Wars characters who need help understanding what  kindness is all about. Doctors will talk to students about how cool it is to be the “good guys” in the universe.

Students will write kind messages on the back of their large smile signs; that will be delivered to patients at California Hospital that afternoon. Also, Darth Vader and his friends along with a doctor will demonstrate acts of kindness at the hospital while interacting with patients and nurses.


Monday, January 23
School assembly @ 2:00 p.m.
Delivering smiley messages to patients @ 2:30 p.m.
Darth Vader hospital visit and delivering of smiley messages @ 2:45 p.m. 


Dignity Health - California Hospital Medical Center
Keck Auditorium, Leavey Hall
320 W. 15th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015


Students holding up smiley signs as they teach Darth Vader and other Star Wars character about being kind. Characters walking into a patient room with a nurse to deliver water and check on the patient. Vader gets prepped for heart surgery by a kind doctor. Students on the playground teach characters to sharetoys and play basketball as a team.


California Hospital’s Director Volunteer Services Tracy Nordbak, Dr. David Samimi, and Dr. Darlene Morrissey. Metro Charter School Principal Kim Clerx.

About Dignity Health - California Hospital Medical Center

California Hospital Medical Center has been providing high quality, essential care to downtown and its neighboring communities since 1887. California Hospital is known for its wide range of specialties, from orthopedics and surgery to maternity and neonatal intensive care. It is also the area's only Level II Trauma Center.

Publish date: 

Monday, January 23, 2017

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