IRMO – Lexington-Richland School District Five recognized their school nurses at its May 8th school board meeting at Chapin Middle School. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed a proclamation to declare May 10th as School Nurse Day for the entire state.
“Our school nurses here in District Five play a critical role in the success of our students,” said District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner. “We are elated that Governor McMaster signed this proclamation because our school nurses deserve all the thanks in the world. It is my hope that our students and staff thank their school nurse on May 10th for all their hard work, dedication and expertise into making District Five the best school district it can be!”
In his proclamation, Governor McMaster writes, “School nurses are professional nurses that advance the well-being, academic success and lifelong achievements of students by providing access to care when children’s cognitive development is at its peak. Children who attend school with healthy minds and bodies are better prepared to learn and actively engage in their education.”
District Five has 25 nurses serving in its 23 schools. Cindy Richards is the district’s nursing supervisor and Dyan McDowell is the nursing services assistant. The nurses include: Angel McCollum (Ballentine Elementary); Joann Haralambis (Chapin Elementary); Diane Arnold (Chapin High); Kim Luoma (Chapin Intermediate); Ginny Sightler (Chapin Middle); Tanya Shipley (CrossRoads Intermediate); Linda Miller (Dutch Fork Elementary); Tracey Abercrombie (Dutch Fork High); Gigi Pappas (Dutch Fork Middle); Fran McClain (Harbison West Elementary); Bobbie Boulware (H. E. Corley Elementary); Erika Hardee (Irmo Elementary); Patricia Powell (Irmo High); Kathy Jackson (Irmo Middle); Mandy Harrington (Lake Murray Elementary); Tracy Fournier (Leaphart Elementary); Mary Amanda Williams (Nursery Road Elementary); Linh Truong (Oak Pointe Elementary); Filomena Stucker (River Springs Elementary); Anna Baughman (Seven Oaks Elementary); Diana Krause and Amber Jordan (Spring Hill High, the Center for Advanced Technical Studies and Academy for Success); Kathy Clark (Lake Murray Elementary and the Center for Advanced Technical Studies); Joanna Stanek (Lake Murray Elementary, Dutch Fork Middle and Dutch Fork High); Dawn Baily (float nurse).