Sixth Grader is Amazed by the Difference a Pair of Glasses Make

As shared with the HL Georgetown program manager, this sixth grader has a vision of 20/100 in one eye before correction and had never had glasses.  “What a wonderful sight I experienced this morning, when *Allen put his glasses on and said ‘I can see’. The look on his face was stunning with amazement. Thank […]

Posted on March 20th, 2018

Georgetown School Nurse Thanks Healthy Learners

“Thank you for making our job easier.  I remember the days when we wondered what can we do, and now you are here to save the day!” Patsy Lewis

Posted on September 21st, 2017

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 retiring this year and will miss the interaction with both of you. I know I have never worked with a group more interested in and […]

Posted on May 4th, 2017

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 see if Healthy Learners could help. Jake’s parent completed the Healthy Learners consent forms and returned them promptly to the school nurse. Healthy Learners scheduled […]

Posted on February 23rd, 2017

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 or other means to get Alena to the doctor, so the school nurse discussed Healthy Learners with her. The nurse sent home a Healthy Learner […]

Posted on February 23rd, 2017

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 in the classroom. He had been dismissed by his primary care physician for multiple no shows. Joseph’s family had no transportation and he did not […]

Posted on February 23rd, 2017

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 day while the mother stayed at home with two younger siblings. Because of the lack of transportation, Marvin had not been able to get to […]

Posted on February 23rd, 2017

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 Learners would be a great resource. At the time of the referral to Healthy Learners, Charity had multiple health needs and did not have health […]

Posted on March 24th, 2016

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 health limitations and a lack of transportation. The case manager at 9-year-old Jimmy’s school referred Jimmy to Healthy Learners to ensure he had access to […]

Posted on March 10th, 2016

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 and that she had the doctor’s written documentation she needs to present. As always, I want to thank Merlethia Greene from Healthy Learners Georgetown for […]

Posted on March 4th, 2016

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 allow the MD to proceed with the tests, and or treatment for Owen. It is so good to work with such great people, always willing […]

Posted on March 4th, 2016

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 habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.  The February 2016 NCDHM Program […]

Posted on February 10th, 2016

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 Medicaid to ensure Dion could receive the medical care and prescriptions he required. While still waiting for confirmation from Medicaid, Dion’s elementary school nurse told […]

Posted on November 13th, 2015

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 pain. She eventually visited a Georgetown dental provider. The dentist referred her to Healthy Learners because she needed emergency treatment, but her Medicaid had lapsed […]

Posted on November 13th, 2015

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 board. The teacher spoke to the school nurse, who contacted Emma’s mother to find out if the student had ever worn glasses or had an […]

Posted on November 13th, 2015

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 sent an application for Healthy Learners home to his grandparent. After receiving the application and consent, Healthy Learners contacted Ben’s eye care provider and ordered […]

Posted on November 13th, 2015

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 exam, her retina and optic nerve had changes, so she was referred to a specialist. The specialist found everything to be normal. At the most […]

Posted on November 13th, 2015

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 mother at a health care provider’s office. After inquiring with the school nurse, Thomas learned that to get Alexandra to health care appointments, her mom […]

Posted on November 13th, 2015

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 the family did not have insurance and could not afford to cover the cost of a dental appointment. Julie’s father had been laid off and […]

Posted on November 13th, 2015

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 of the school year from an Indian Reservation in Canada. Rose came to South Kilbourne with poor self esteem. She always looked down and rarely […]

Posted on November 13th, 2015