1000’s of Weld County college students get free well being checks, vaccinations, and college provides – CBS Denver
GREELEY, Colorado (CBS4) – Thousands of children in northern Colorado will start the 2021-2022 school year with new backpacks, school supplies and clear health thanks to Greeley Evans School District Six. The district has partnered with Banner Health, the Latino Coalition of Weld County, and several other local organizations to ensure that all students have free access to medical exams and school supplies before the new semester begins.
Thousands lined the sidewalks of the Island Grove complex in Northern Greeley on Saturday for the free family-friendly event. Participants were given the opportunity to have their children examined by a doctor free of charge, receive annual sports examinations, food, school supplies, vaccinations and more.
“In the past 16 months with this pandemic, many of us have been neglecting our own health,” said Deirdre Pilch, district superintendent.
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Many families did not go to the doctor while their children studied from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. For thousands, the free Saturday event marked the first time in years that their children received a health check-up.
Katherine Daniels brought her son Connor with her. She said the free services reassured her knowing that her teen could start the school year healthy.
“Sometimes it’s really hard to get a doctor’s appointment,” Daniels told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas. “For people who may not be able to afford to go to a doctor’s appointment (the free services are) really nice.”
Connor is looking forward to playing soccer for the first time this school year. Getting a free sports exam set him free for the game.
“I’ve wanted to play football for so long. But because of the last year with COVID you couldn’t play, “said Connor.
Banner Health nurses and doctors checked Connor’s breathing and more. They also gave him various workouts and tips for free so that he can be a strong and healthy student athlete.
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Connor was also one of hundreds to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination at the event. Everyone over the age of 12 was invited to the event to be vaccinated courtesy of the Latino Coalition of Weld County.
Walmart offered each person who received their vaccination a $ 100 gift card that they could use to purchase groceries. A family of seven walked away with $ 700 gift certificates.
“It was very easy. It didn’t hurt. It was really easy, “said Connor.
Thanks to a list of donors and sponsors, the Greeley Evans School District was able to give away 5,000 backpacks of school supplies. Some of the backpacks were also crammed with hidden surprises and prizes.
“We’ll easily reach 10,000 people today,” said Pilch. “This is a really big deal with what all families have been through in the last 16 months.”
Some people even got free dental exams while they were in attendance.
Daniels said she loved how many people from many backgrounds were able to prioritize their families’ health thanks to Banner Health and the school district.
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“It’s something that is really important to the community and it’s really fun,” said Daniels.