Nurses honored for service in city schools

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 6/1/19

Five nurses were honored at a meeting of the Jasper City Board of Education on May 20, in recognition of their years of service."We are fortunate enough to have nurses at every school, and they …

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Nurses honored for service in city schools

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Five nurses were honored at a meeting of the Jasper City Board of Education on May 20, in recognition of their years of service.

"We are fortunate enough to have nurses at every school, and they provide an incredible service to our students," Superintendent Dr. Ann Jackson said. "They view our students as their kids, and they do an outstanding job of taking care of our students — making sure parents are notified and just being there for them."

LPN Hollie Walker of Maddox Intermediate School, LPN Debra Burton of Memorial Park Elementary School and LPN Jennifer Willingham of T.R. Simmons Elementary School have all served the school system as nurses for 13 years. 

"Mrs. Burton is retiring, and we are going to miss her greatly," Jackson said during the awards presentation.

RN Angela Barnett has been a nurse at Jasper High School for eight years, and she is the lead nurse for the school system.

LPN Misti Lee of Jasper Jr. High School was also honored. She has been with the school system for one year.

Jackson said the school system's nurses don't only provide physical care for students when they are sick. They also serve as confidants and special listeners for many students.

"We are very much appreciative to our nurses," Jackson said.

All of the nurses received a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the school board.

In other business, the school board:

• recognized Sarah Wakefield of Jasper High School as a new ACT 30+ Club member. The club is for students who have scored 30 or higher on the ACT.

The highest a student can make on the test is a 36.

High ACT scores help students earn scholarships — often full ride — to college. 

• honored the athletic achievements of students. Photos can be found on the Daily Mountain Eagle Facebook page.