Medical professionals gathered for two days at Red River Elementary School this week to conduct the annual Health Fair for Pre-K and Kindergarten students. They are screening for potential health problems for incoming students.
School Nurse Fleeter Taylor and the nursing committee at the elementary school put on the health fair with the help of many volunteers. Taylor said, “We are required to perform medical screenings to evaluate the health of our youngest students. This has proven to be an effective way to get it done and teach the kids about taking care of their health at the same time.”
Eye screenings were performed by Dr. Carolyn Phillips of the Louisiana Department of Health. She is a pediatric Ophthalmologist who participates each year. She was assisted by Alexis Keith and Tynesha Callahan.
Screenings offered include vision testing, height and weight, blood pressure, skin and head, nutrition, blood pressure and pulse, social skills and motor skills. Dawn Brewer’s students in the high school Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) curriculum assist with many skills. Coach Ginger Craig tests motor and social skills.
The Red River Parish Health Unit has a booth to provide “take home” information for parents on the services they offer to children. There was an information booth from Project Celebration. Christus Coushatta provided health information and did the dental screenings. Every child received a toothbrush and toothpaste.