Geneva County Elementary School will hold a free KidCheck student health screening on Wednesday, February 4th for every student in Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 3rd, 6th, and 9th grades.

This is part of Governor Bob Riley’s KidCheck initiative that is being led by the Alabama Rural Action Commission (ARAC). The screenings will begin at 8:30am and will continue throughout the school day. The school is located in Hartford at 819 South 6th Avenue.

KidCheck programs build partnerships among school systems, college nursing programs, state agencies, non-profits, and community organizations.

After students receive their screenings, parents receive a report and assistance for children needing additional care. Those who are uninsured and are not eligible for public insurance can be covered through the Alabama Child Caring Foundation.

Any superintendent can adopt KidCheck for their school system through ARAC.

Governor Bob Riley said “With KidCheck, we can give more children access to health care services and a better opportunity to grow up healthier. I am pleased to see so many superintendents across the state adopting the program.”

David Snell, Superintendent of Geneva County Schools, said “The School Health Fairs have had a profound impact on improving our students’ health. These services have found many health deficits among our student population that have been corrected with the parent’s assistance. This I feel as much as anything will help improve our student’s test scores.”

Participating students will receive height and weight measurements and audiometer-hearing screening by nursing students from Wallace Community College of Dothan. The vision screening will be performed by staff from Eye Center South of Dothan with nursing students assisting.

Follow-up eye screenings will be provided by Sight Savers America. Students will also receive an oral exam for dental assessment by a dentist or dental hygienist from Sarrell Regional Dental Care of Enterprise.

Geneva County has conducted school health fairs since the 2002-2003 school year.

Becky Birdsong, Principal of Geneva County Elementary, said “We are proud to participate in the KidCheck Health Fair. As a result of last year's screenings, 15 of our students received glasses, 17 received dental treatment, and 2 were treated for hearing problems.”

The health fair enables us to identify possible problems and work with parents to get the appropriate treatment for our students,” Birdsong said.

Announced by Governor Bob Riley in May 2008, KidCheck is modeled after successful school health fairs that have taken place in various school systems across the state including Bibb, Blount, and Geneva Counties. Both the Alabama Power Foundation and the Alabama Child Caring Foundation of Blue Cross/Blue Shield actively support KidCheck and have been instrumental in the program’s expansion to over 20 school systems across the state.

School coordination support for KidCheck is provided by Community Health Charities of Alabama. The University of Alabama's College of Community Health Sciences will offer data analysis of screening test results.

Governor Riley established ARAC in 2006 to improve the quality of life in rural Alabama. ARAC primarily focuses on Health, Education, and Economic Development and is comprised of eight regions encompassing all 67 Alabama counties.

For more information on the Geneva County KidCheck event, please contact Carol Spivey at 334-588-0563 or Kenneth Hatfield at 334-684-5708.


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