Clover Park School District and the Lakewood First Lions Club have been partnering for more than 20 years to help screen students for hearing issues. Lions volunteers work with district nurses at a majority of Clover Park schools to test each student for potential hearing problems that could affect them in the classroom.
“We do this because we want to help out,” said Lakewood First Lions Club Vice President Doreen Johnson. “If you can catch a hearing issue early, it may tell you why a student is having problems in school. That can make a big difference.”
The Lions’ screenings are a first indicator of a potential problem. Students are tested by the volunteers and any that fail the screening are provided follow up tests by a school nurse.
“Our nurses don’t have enough time to screen every student individually by themselves,” said nursing department coordinator Susan Keller. “The Lions graciously volunteer their time to provide a great service to our students. They really do some big things for our district, and it’s a great partnership.”
The Lions recently donated vision charts to the district so students can be assessed for potential vision issues. They also help families of students who need glasses but can’t afford them and provide scholarships to students for a yearly diabetes camp.