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$200,000 funding brings medical services to children at school

STATELINE (WIFR) — Four local school district health centers will receive $800,000 in federal funding to facilitate access to medical care.

Crusader Community Health operates centers at South Beloit Junior/Senior High School and Rockford’s Auburn High School.

$200,000 will be allocated directly to these clinics.

“I think we’re very excited about this because it’s going to give us the opportunity to see more kids, to be there more, to spend more time there,” said Shelton Kay, vice-president. president of community relations for Crusader at 23 News.

Kay says not only will this money expand services at these schools. It will also make life easier for parents and caregivers.

“This allows children to access medical, dental and behavioral health services directly at the site where they are already. They don’t have to take a whole day off from school; parents don’t have to miss work,” he said.

South Beloit Superintendent Scott Fisher says the service is very popular.

“Our dental departments in particular are always full, they’re here 2 days a week and they could easily be here 4 days a week,” Fisher said.

But he also believes it improves the quality of education.

“If a student has a medical condition or a toothache it will affect their learning and if we can make it go away and get the services it will actually be easier for us to educate in the long run,” he said. declared. Crusader will keep these centers open all summer. Fisher encourages students to come back for things like physical sports, which will be important in the fall.

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