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Nettleton School faculty work for the community's health

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Nettleton Middle School in Jonesboro is working to get their students and families healthy. Faculty and staff will host their first ever "Family Health Improvement Night" Thursday.

Representatives from around 20 different health and medical organizations came to the school to visit with the public.

Library Media Specialist and Counselor for Nettleton Middle School Robin Nichols says they felt this was something they needed to make happen. "This has just become a very important part of our environment," Nichols said. "Getting our kids healthy and our parents healthy, and so we just wanted to invite our families out to have a healthy community for our students."

Principal of Nettleton Middle School Lacy Baker says they're working to create a healthy environment for their students. "We feel like that a healthy family makes a healthy child," Baker said. "That then will make a healthy student, a happy and a better student. And, of course, that's what we want here. Just the most wonderful opportunities for our students and that's just another thing we're trying to provide with our health fair."

This health fair was made possible through a fruit and vegetable grant from the USDA the school was given. "It provides fruits and vegetables for our students," Baker said. "Particularly fruits and vegetables they might not receive at home. You know, those fruits and vegetables they might never have been exposed to. So, it's a good way to help them create those healthy habits and let them try a whole lot of neat fruits and vegetables."

Baker says they decided they wanted to expand on what they were doing to make an even bigger impact on the community. "We decided to take this one step further," Baker said. "To take it past our students in the classroom and take it out to their families, as well. The Nettleton parents are just as important to us as the students are."

Nichols says the best part of this event is that people will be receiving help they might not get otherwise. "Some of our families may not have the opportunity to go to the dentist," Nichols said. "Or the eye doctor or get some of these things done. And so, we're hoping that those people will have the opportunity to come tonight. That they'll come and see, hear and to visit with some of the people that are going to be here for them to help."

Baker says this is the first year to implement this grant.

To try and encourage parents to come out and participate they held a drawing for a $20 gift card for Target and two bicycles.

She says they are looking forward to continuing this for many years to come.

For more information about Nettleton Middle School, you can log onto their website.

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