Back to School Healthy Checkup is a success

By Jade Cunningham |

Published 08/01 2014 02:29PM

Updated 08/01 2014 06:08PM

The fifth annual 'Back to School Healthy Checkup' is a success.

This year KTAL-TV partnered with Christus Health, Sci-Port and about 40 other organizations.

A new school year is upon us.

"I'm excited about activities and learning new things," said 11-year-old Alexia.

"I'm real excited because ath, science, and social studies are my favorite subjects," said 9-year-old Lamaha.

Thanks to the 'Back to School Healthy Checkup' students will be ready.

"We're helping kids in the community learn about being healthy and getting ready to go back to school," said Executive Director at Christus, Amy Heron.

About 1,400 backpacks were given out with things like markers, folders, and paper.

"Backpacks, pencils and school supplies," said Lamaha.

"The school supplies are the bonus," said Heron. "We want kids to be healthy, we want them to be current on their immunizations, we want their dental exams to be current, we want them to have good eyes to see in the classroom, and all of these are represented here."

Mother of four, Melinda Tillman, says there's nothing like it.

"We've learned a lot of information," said Tillman. "It's a lot of help, especially with glasses because we didn't know he needed glasses. And they're actually going to give us glasses, so it's great for us."

the event is a win-win, motivating students.

"I just want to say I want to make good grades," said Alexia.

It also shows families the community is behind them.

"It's hard to believe that school starts next week," said Heron. "But it's a wonderful time to come together to celebrate and to get ready to start that new school year."

Making this 'Back to School Healthy Checkup' the best one yet.

At least 1,400 children participated.

All medical exams, including glasses, were free of charge.

Left-over supplies will be given to students on Barksdale Air Force Base.

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