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Floyd County school's health fair
Physicals, fingerprinting, school supplies provided free
Leigh Ann Ward




Chase Hastings was one of the youngest students to participate in the health fair. (click for larger version)
EASTERN Floyd County schools held their fifth annual health fair at Allen Central High School Wednesday, July 23, which hosted more than 300 students and parents.

The health fair is a collaborative effort of the Floyd County School System and Our Lady of the Way Hospital, along with several other programs and organizations.

To view a photo gallery from the event, click here

This year's fair gave students the ability to have a free physical examination, free picture ID cards and fingerprinting and free school supplies.

A large variety of tables were set up throughout the school providing students with handouts and pamphlets on the prevention of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, abstinence and safe sex, teen pregnancy, study tips, bicycle safety, and information about support services offered by the schools.

Neva Francis, Director of Community Outreach for Our Lady of the Way hospital has been one of the main coordinators of the event each year and said Wednesday, "We've had an excellent turnout. We've got a lot of people involved that helps bring this together."

Along with all of the helpful information available at the health fair, students were given small gifts like stickers, erasers, toys for the younger children and keychains.

Allen Central high school students Kristie Robinson, 17, and Kortney Osborne, 16, who both volunteer at Our Lady of the Way, said that they felt the health fair was very beneficial.

"It helps people who don't have a chance to get shots and school supplies," said Osborne.

Students of all ages attended the health fair to get their physicals.

Joshua, a sixth grade student at Adams Middle school and William Leckrone, who will be in the fourth grade at Clark elementary, attended the fair with their father, Randy Leckrone.

"It's my first time doing it, but I like it," said Randy Leckrone.

Chavella Kelly, a fifth grade student at Clark elementary, said she thought the fair was fun.

"It's fun, it's cool," Kelly said after having her picture ID card made courtesy of Safe and Drug Free Schools and the Kentucky State Police.

Francis said that the picture ID cards were a new addition to the fair this year along with KY-S.P.I.N., Kentucky Special Parent Involvement Network.

KSP Public Affairs officer Scott Hopkins said that as of lunch time Wednesday, more than 100 ID cards had been made for students.

"We're always happy to help the children of Floyd County," said Hopkins, "We've attended the health fair for three years and plan to be there in the future."

The ID cards contained a picture of the student, personal information such as home address, names of the child's parents, height, weight, date of birth, eye color and the child's thumbprint.

"We want to commend the Floyd County Board of Education for going the extra mile to get the equipment to make the ID's. It shows how concerned they are with the welfare of the children in their school system," Hopkins said.

As has been the custom at every health fair, "Brutis the DJ" volunteered his services to provide those in attendance with music while they waited for ID cards and physicals.

Schools and organizations present at the health fair were Our Lady of the Way hospital, Lola Ratliff, director of Safe and Drug Free Schools, the Kentucky State Police, Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, Mountain Region Prevention Center, Community Based Services, Graceway Methodist Church, Floyd County Health Department, "Brutis the DJ", KY-S.P.I.N., and representatives of the family resource centers of every Floyd County school with the exception of South Floyd high school and middle school.

Floyd County hairdressers, cosmetologists and beauticians also gave away 100 free haircuts in a drawing at the end of the health fair.

"It was a great success," Francis said, "We truly appreciate the way the community has responded to the health fair.

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