Dillon Community Leaders Come Out in an Effort to Support Healthy Learners

Posted on September 2nd, 2013


McLeod Medical Center was the site of a Community Meeting hosted by Debbie Locklair, administrator, McLeod Medical Center Dillon on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the sustainability of the Healthy Learners Dillon program, garner new support and renew commitments to the continuation of the program.




Mayor Todd Davis welcomed everyone to the meeting, while Matt Shaffer, chair, Healthy Learners Board of Trustees shared additional information regarding the purpose of the meeting.  A parent of a Healthy Learners student shared her experience surrounding the positive impact that the program has made on her family.  Locklair talked about the importance of the Healthy Learners program.  As a hospital administrator she knows firsthand the importance of the Healthy Learners program.  Also as a member of the Healthy Learners Board of Trustees, Locklair represents Dillon at the state level of Healthy Learners.  Charlie Vance, SVP regional executive, First Bank encouraged support of the Healthy Learners Dillon program.  Meeting attendees included representatives from all areas of the community including the school district, school nurses and principals, banks, and community members. Senator Kent M. Williams was also present at the meeting as well as Representative Jackie E. “Coach” Hayes.


Perdue Farms, through a $7,500 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, is continuing its support of the Healthy Learners Dillon program.  In the absence of  Mr. Randy Brown, plant manager at Perdue Farms, Mr. Efrem Andrews presented Healthy Learners with a $7,500 check.


 Since 2005 when Healthy Learners Dillon began to operate, the program has provided 754 children with access to 3,484 health care services.  More than 65,328 miles have been traveled to meet the unmet health needs of these children.

Healthy Learners thanks Perdue Farms and the Dillon community for their support.