Programs sponsored at Cumberland elementary

Special to the Enterprise

November 7, 2013

More than 500 Cumberland Elementary School students were seen by “Quality Care for Kids” on Sept. 23 and 24.

Students were weighed and height measured, had their blood pressure taken, received hearing and vision screenings. Those needing glasses will receive them in two to four weeks. This service is sponsored by the Cumberland Elementary Family Resource and Youth Service Center (FRYSC).

The Cumberland Elementary FRYSC recently sponsored the “My Plate/Good Nutrition” program for the students at CES.

Pat Duncan, of the Harlan County Extension Service, talked to the children about healthy food choices and the importance of good diet and exercise. This program is provided in conjunction with the Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Program that provides snacks for the students twice a week.

The eighth-grade classes from Cumberland Elementary School attended the Health Expo at the Harlan Center on Oct. 17. The students visited displays showcasing health careers such as physical therapy, nursing, respiratory therapy, veterinary assistant and many more health related areas of work.

Many colleges were on hand to give out information to the students about their programs in these areas. This field trip was sponsored by Cumberland FRYSC.

Coordinator Jenny Farmer said, “It’s never too early to think about possible careers and colleges.”

Students in fourth-through-eighth grades participated in the “Meti-Man” program sponsored by the Cumberland Elementary FRYSC and the AHEC program of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College on Oct. 23 and 24.

This human simulator let the students hear various lung and heart sounds. It also simulated the various pulse points, the sounds of choking, crying, heart attack and other physical health issues.