School health rooms to benefit from grant

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Special to the Reporter

Health rooms in local Shelby County schools will receive much needed supplies and equipment thanks to a $33,000 grant from the Shelby County Community Health Foundation.

According to Cindy Warner, public relations supervisor for the school system, the grant was awarded to the Greater Shelby County Education Foundation, which will distribute the money to local school health rooms.

Carol Bruser, executive director of the GSCEF, said the money will allow the education foundation to award $1,000 to every elementary and intermediate school.

Middle schools will receive $500 each and high schools will be awarded $500 each.

Funds will also be given to the four registered nurses and three licensed practical nurses who travel the county providing for the special health needs of Shelby County students.

&8220;The schools will use the money to provide equipment and supplies for the school health rooms,&8221; Bruser said.

Supplies that the schools might purchase with the grant funds include bandages, tissues, blood pressure monitors, thermometer probe covers, paper towels, hand soap, sanitary wipes, examination gloves, alcohol pads and ice packs.

Bruser said Shelby County Schools established a partnership with the Shelby County Community Health Foundation several years ago to provide funding for the school&8217;s health rooms.

&8220;The partnership has enabled Shelby County public schools to equip health rooms with the necessary materials and equipment to provide quality healthcare for our students,&8221; Bruser said.

&8220;The partnership has also brought much needed attention to the health needs and concerns of our growing school system.&8221;