Our community partnerships bear fruit

Deb Henton

Deb Henton

It is so rewarding to see our partnerships flourish and create great things for students and families in our community. A couple of recent partnerships have really exemplified what we can accomplish when we work together.

One such partnership started quite by accident, as members of our staff were trying to find a funding source to provide eyeglasses to students who may not be able to afford them. A Google search or two and we were calling the North Branch Lions Club, which has graciously offered to cover the cost, up to $150 per student, for screenings and eye glasses, with no limit to the number of students that can qualify.

With dozens of students in our district with this need, we are very grateful for the support of our Lions. Their generosity will improve the educational experience for many students.

Another great partnership is that of Community Education and “Give Kids a Smile” and Clear Creek Dental, which provided dental services to 40 kids in early February, free of charge. We look forward to continuing and perhaps even expanding this partnership in the future.

Both of these initiatives highlight the great things that can be accomplished when community organizations work together to improve the quality of life for our children.

If you have a child you think would benefit from a vision screening, but are unable to afford it, please call your school and ask to speak with a school nurse. They will be happy to assist you in coordinating proper treatment. Also, keep an eye out for “Give Kids a Smile” again next winter in early February; it is a wonderful program.

These are only two examples of great partnerships that benefit the community. There are many more; too many to list here. To all of our partners, thank you from a grateful school district and community.

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