Making A Difference: Our Stories

Retiring School Nurse Thanks Healthy Learners Georgetown

I want to take this opportunity to thank you both (Rebecca and Merlethia) for the wonderful support and service you give to Georgetown County schools students and staff. I am...


Toothache Behind Him, Student Can Excel in School

Jake, a middle school student, was suffering from a severe toothache. Because there was no documentation of a dental home or insurance coverage, the school nurse contacted his parent to...


A Little Skin Cream Goes a Long Way

A school nurse noticed a rash on fifth-grader Alena’s* arm. The nurse contacted Alena’s mom about receiving medical treatment for the rash. Unfortunately, her mom did not have a car...


Student Continues to Thrive with Proper Medical and Dental Care

Joseph* was a first grader in a special education class when a school nurse referred him to Healthy Learners. He needed an evaluation for behavioral issues and for struggling academically...


Quick Trip to the Doctor Means Second Grader Can Focus on School Work Again

Second-grader Marvin* was referred to Healthy Learners for a skin rash. His family did not own a car so Marvin’s father had to ride with a co-worker to work each...


Single Working Father Gets Help to Greatly Improve Daughter's Ability to Learn

Charity’s* father recently became a single parent of his 7-year-old daughter. Because being the sole parent of a little girl was so new to him, Charity’s school nurse thought Healthy...


Proper Care Keeps Child's Asthma Attacks Under Control

Jimmy* had multiple unmet health needs—including asthma, ADHD, poor eyesight and more. Jimmy’s step father has been raising Jimmy and three other children by himself, while struggling with his own...


Georgetown School Nurse Comment (Judy Misiak, RN)

"Cheryl Hunter* had an EKG at her doctor's office Wednesday to rule out a possible cardiac condition.  Cheryl stopped in the health office this morning, said the EKG was normal...


Georgetown School Nurse Comment (Lou Anna Miller, RN)

"I wanted to thank you all for helping with the paperwork for Owen*. They are all completed, and waiting on Ms. Greene to forward to the appropriate place. This will...


February is National Children's Dental Health Month

The month of February is National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM).  Each February, the American Dental Association sponsors NCDHM to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.  Developing good...


Needed Medication Helps 4-Year Old Breathe Easier

Four-year-old Dion* and his mother had recently relocated to the Georgetown area. Dion attended pre-k at a Georgetown elementary school. He needed an inhaler and his mother had applied for...


Emergency Dental Treatment Allows High School Student to Stay in School

The pain from 16-year-old Bailey’s* abscessed tooth was so severe, she could not sleep at night or concentrate in high school. She was also missing school because of the severe...


Repaired Eyeglasses Keep Student on Track at School

A teacher at a Georgetown elementary school noticed that 8-year-old Emma*, a girl in her class, would squint to see the front of the classroom and the material on the...


New Glasses Help Student See School in a New Light

Ben*, who is 13, misplaced his glasses and had a difficult time seeing clearly without them. Ben’s guardian (his grandparent) couldn’t afford new glasses and contacted Ben’s school nurse, who...


Getting Much-Needed Medical Attention

Fifteen-year-old Kayla* was being raised by her grandmother, who had difficulty driving. For the past three years, Healthy Learners has transported Kayla to her annual vision screening. During an earlier...


Transportation to Appointments Makes a World of Difference

Healthy Learners Allendale Program Manager Shelley Thomas had seen the mother of first-grader Alexandra* walking along the street near Alexandra’s elementary school several times. Thomas also saw Alexandra and her...


Family in a Bind Turns to Healthy Learners for Daughter’s Dental Help

Seven-year old Julie* went to the school nurse at Kensington Elementary School in Georgetown, South Carolina, complaining of severe tooth pain. The school nurse contacted Julie’s mother and learned that...


Improved Vision Leads to a Clear Transformation

Rose* is a fourth grader in a special education classroom at South Kilbourne Elementary school in Columbia, South Carolina. She and her mother moved to South Carolina at the start...


Georgetown County School District Partnership

I want to thank you for the spectacular service that you provide to students across our state.  I am certain that you maintain empirical data for the services you provide. ...


A Chance Encounter

I have a colleague who works a part-time job in the evenings. She shared with me “a chance encounter” with a customer. While assisting a customer a conversation ensued, the...


First Ware Shoals Healthy Learners Student Receives Glasses

School nurse reply to Healthy Learners Greenwood plan of care for first Ware Shoals student to benefit from Healthy Learners expansion into Greenwood School District 51: "I am so glad you...


Aflac Community Diversity Fair Helps Non-Profits Raise Awareness

Healthy Learners Midlands participated in Aflac's Community Diversity Fair earlier this year. Healthy Learners was one of 26 non-profit organizations present to raise awareness and share information about their specific...


A Family in Need

Healthy Learners has made a huge difference in the lives of many of my children at my school. One family stands out, though. This family lost their home, and most...


A Mother's Faith Seen Through the Eyes of a Child

Just wanted to share with you--I sent out an email after Cindy Poole sent out hers about making sure students have glasses etc. for testing coming up, and had several...


Allendale Elementary School Thanks Healthy Learners

Healthy Learners is a great service to the community and school district. Shelly Thomas and Gwen Walker are great at their job they are always willing to help, they go...


An Amazing Reunion!

I noticed a young man out of the corner of my eye standing in the lobby. He looked very familiar to me. He was handing out brochures and standing in...


An Example of True Charity Remembered

Earlier this year, Orlando L. Alvarez, Jr., senior vice president of strategy & business development organized a pool in which the winner in the Sisters of Charity Health System Bracket...


Bianca says "thank you" to Healthy Learners

Bianca came to see her school nurse this morning. She wanted to tell her how grateful she was for the help from Healthy Learners Greenwood and wanted to thank the...


Dillon Teacher Goes Above and Beyond

As the Coordinator for Healthy Learners Dillon, I come into contact with teachers on a daily basis. Many times, they go out of their way to say 'thank you" for...


Elaine Copeland Helping to Make a Difference

As a School Nurse I often seek assistance from Healthy Learners.  Just recently, Elaine went above and beyond to get one of my students much needed dental care.  The student...


Family Receives Assistance in Addressing Other Non-Urgent Health Care Needs

In addition to the wonderful help on medications, glasses and dental visits for our children, this year Healthy Learners staff really went to extremes to help a family. This family...


Greenwood School Nurse Sees Results

I am a school nurse and get to see the results of Healthy Learners help first hand and it is so rewarding. They obtained glasses for a girl with 20/60...


Healthy Learners Needs You

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. How about GIVING Tuesday? Healthy Learners Needs You....


Janice Coward Making a Difference in Georgetown

Women from Georgetown and Pawleys Island attended an informational luncheon held at Janice Coward's house in Pawleys Island.  The purpose of the luncheon was to increase awareness in the community...


Jonella coordinates Purses and Soles Sale

Jonella is one of our strongest school nurse supporters in Greenwood School District 50, and by her coordination of the Purses and Soles Sale she is making a difference in...


Lexington School District 2 Nurses

Healthy Learners: I don't know what we would do without them!! The staff is always willing to do whatever they can to meet students' needs. Lots of our referrals are...


New Eye Glasses Help Grandchildren Excel

My two grandchildren have excelled academically and emotionally in school since they received their new eye glasses. Thanks Healthy Learners for getting them their glasses....


Parent Comment

"I could not afford a vision plan. But Healthy Learners noticed her problem and provided glasses for her. Thank you so much."...


Parent Comment

"I thank God for you and your team. You have truly been a big help to my son and I. God bless you all!"...


Parent Comment

"I would like to say thank you very much for the service because I am employed but I can't afford insurance. By the time I pay bills and buy food...


Parent Comment

"Thank you for your help. As a single parent, this program has proven to be a big plus for me."...


Parent Comment

"If you had not helped us, my child would not have been able to go to school. She can't be at school without her medications. I really want to thank...


Parent Comment

"It's great to have people like you helping and caring about our children. Thank you."...


Parent Thankful for Assistance

A parent called me to say she received the medicaid letter of approval. She also stated, "Thanks for all your help in my chaotic life at the moment. You made...


Professional Partner Comment

"A child with dental needs in multiple teeth was able to be seen and have all work completed to restore his oral health. If not for Healthy Learners, the dental...


Professional Partner Comment

"One child was afraid to go to school and cried everyday when she went to school. Through counseling, she was able to express her feelings and now enjoys school and...


Professional Partner Comment

"The service that Healthy Learners provides impacts each child because they are being checked for things that would otherwise be left undone."...


Professional Partner Comment

"Several children were able to access counseling services and medication for attention deficit and went on to make honor roll and receive awards such as Terrific Kid and Student of...


Professional Partner Comment

"Without a doubt, the most unique and caring health care program for children in the state."...


Sam's story

Sam's family had a house fire and among other things, his glasses were lost in the fire. With no resources to replace them, his mother was very concerned and upset....


School Nurse Comment

"I feel medically related absences have a huge impact on academic performance, because if the student has missed a lot of classroom lesson time (especially elementary classroom time) the student...


School Nurse Comment

"A boy who didn't want to wear his glasses lost them on the bus. He then realized he missed the glasses when he couldn't see without them. He begged me...


School Nurse Comment

"Recently, we had a second grade student that was very disruptive in class. She refused to cooperate and her teacher became very upset because the child appeared angry every time...


School Nurse Comment

"I had a student who was missing school because of bad headaches and I discovered that she was supposed to be taking medicine for high blood pressure but she quit...


School Nurse Comment

"Your ministry is a clear investment in the future of these children. Thank you!"...


School Nurse Comment

"Exceptional program that is truly a God-send! My students would not have received the services they needed without you! The population of students that I have referred simply had no...


School Nurse Comment

"The children I've referred to Healthy Learners would not otherwise have their needs met any other way. Even if the services are provided for free many of the parents would...


Teacher Comment

"Please keep offering the services of Healthy Learners to the school district, because a healthy child can achieve more academically."...


Teacher Comment

"I think you provide a fantastic service to our students! Thank you!"...


Teacher Comment

"I believe this is a marvelous outreach for students who would otherwise not have access to medical/dental care."...


Teacher Comment

"Thank you for contributing to the success of these students."...


Teacher Comment

"These services are very valuable and help the student significantly especially as it relates to vision care."...


Teacher Comment

"I believe this program is beneficial because the students who receive the services would not get the care they need. Any program that tries to help students less fortunate should...


Teacher Comment

"Thank you for providing your services. Our children truly benefit from them."...


Teacher Comment

"Prior to receiving glasses, he could not focus or even attempt to print. Now, at the end of 5 year old Kindergarten, he is reading on a pre-primer Level 3...


Two students Touched by Healthy Learners Assistance

Healthy Learners has provided a large number of wonderful services (eyeglasses, dental, medications, transportation, doctor visits) for a number of years at our elementary school. Recently two students have been...


"Our Families Helping Families" Luncheon Benefits Healthy Learners

CDM Smith thanks Healthy Learners for the opportunity to show their support for Healthy Learners through their "Our Family Helping Families" luncheon.  "It was our honor to have once again...