Nettleton School faculty work for the community's health

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

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

Library Media Specialist and Counselor for NettletonMiddle School Robin Nichols says they felt this was something they needed to makehappen. "This has just become a very important part of ourenvironment," Nichols said. "Getting our kids healthy and our parentshealthy, and so we just wanted to invite our families out to have a healthycommunity for our students."

Principal of Nettleton Middle School Lacy Baker saysthey're working to create a healthy environment for their students. "Wefeel 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 forour students and that's just another thing we're trying to provide with ourhealth fair."

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

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

Nichols says the best part of this event is thatpeople will be receiving help they might not get otherwise. "Some of ourfamilies 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 hopingthat those people will have the opportunity to come tonight. That they'll comeand see, hear and to visit with some of the people that are going to be herefor them to help."

Baker says this is the first year to implement thisgrant.

To try and encourage parents to come out andparticipate they held a drawing for a $20 gift card for Target and twobicycles.

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

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

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