Nearly 900 students screened at CMS health fair

By SARALYN NORKUS Staff Writer
Posted 9/4/17

The Friday prior to a long weekend served as the ideal time for Cleveland Middle School to hold its third annual health fair and health screening.

A multitude of different health-related …

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Nearly 900 students screened at CMS health fair

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The Friday prior to a long weekend served as the ideal time for Cleveland Middle School to hold its third annual health fair and health screening.

A multitude of different health-related organizations were on hand for the event, which filled the CMS gym and spilled out into the athletic hallway for the health screenings for sixth and eighth graders.

“This is our third annual CMS health fair, and it’s been a successful health fair and health screening all three years,” sixth grade assistant principal Stephanie Pirkle said.

Pirkle explained that sixth and eighth graders are required to have a number of health screenings by the state, including height, weight, blood pressure, vision and hearing. Sixth graders are also screened for scoliosis.

“We decided three years ago to make a day of it and do all the screenings at once,” Pirkle commented.

The CMS PTO and BEST Partners Misty Allen, with State Farm, and CHI Memorial were on hand to ensure that the event was a success for all involved.

While groups of students were being screened, the other students were able to take in the health fair and talk with various vendors.

The GRAAB (Going Respectfully Against Addictive Behaviors) Coalition was one of the many organizations present at the health fair.

“We love events like this,” declared Executive Director Tanya Southerland.

“We get to have great conversations with the youth and break through some barriers concerning how substance abuse can impact their overall health.”

According to Pirkle, a total of 878 sixth and eighth graders were screened on Friday.

Eighth-grade student Fletcher Owens found the health fair very informative.

“I learned that disabled people, who are deaf of blind, they have these special tools to help them wake up and just do daily things,” Owens said.

He also decided to not drink as much soda due to the amount of sugar which is in it.

Isabella Blair, another eighth-grader, also learned valuable things during the health fair.

“I’ve learned a lot of things about bullying and not doing drugs,” Blair stated.

Blair added that she intends to not do bad things and to continue working hard in school.

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saralyn.norkus@clevelandbanner.com

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