Back to school rally helps support local students prepare for school year

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By Leila Scoggins

leila@lakeoconeenews.us

 

The 2017 Community Health Fair and Back to School Rally drew a crowd of more than 500 to the Morgan Memorial Hospital lawn on Saturday, July 29.

The event is a joint effort put on by Morgan Memorial Hospital and the Morgan County Family Connection. The two organizations have been hosting the event jointly since 2008. The collaboration has strengthened the event and added efficiency.

“We want to ensure that all citizens have access to the resources they need to be successful- whether at home, at work or at school,” said MMH Director of Development and Community Relations Megan Morris. “While this isn’t something we can accomplish on our own, when we work together with our community partners we make great strides in improving outcomes.”

Saturday’s rally brought over 50 community partners together in an effort to support local students. The partners offered free health screenings, school supplies, and valuable information on local resources to the children and their families. MMH staff offered blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and bone density screenings. The hospital also partnered with WalMart to provide vision screenings and Advance Audiology for hearing screenings.

“What’s always most impressive to me is the collaboration of all the diverse community partners who pull together and bring this event to reality,” Morris said. “We are so grateful to the many individuals who gave time on their weekend to come out and help ensure that local citizens have access to needed resources.”

Beyond the free school supplies and health screenings Morgan County families were able to explore emergency vehicles including a life flight helicopter, shoot basketballs, eat snow cones, jump on bounce houses and take home balloon animals. The MCHS Bulldog band and cheerleaders kicked off the event with a pep rally drawing a large crowd.

“It’s our hope that students left with many of the supplies that they need to have a successful school year,” Morris said. “From a health perspective, if access to screenings saved the life of just one person by raising their awareness of their health, then all of our efforts were worth it.”

 

To view pictures from the back to school rally, click here.

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