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March 12, 2015 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Age was creeping up, and Linda Garrett, 67, decided to do something radical. She went into the kitchen, propped the iPhone on a soup bowl, and recorded a plea to CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta to be part of his Fit Nation triathlon challenge. She wanted to be chosen as one of six Americans - among 200 applicants - who will be trained and equipped to compete for the first time in the grueling sport. Garrett, a retired school nurse, had never swum a lap, never clipped into a bike pedal.
NEWS
January 10, 2002
THE STAFF of the Philadelphia's Roberto Clemente Middle School just got a reminder that terrorist attacks on the nation's health don't come only in powder-filled envelopes. When dozens of students started acting sick and lethargic at the school on Tuesday, their quick-thinking teacher called the school nurse. And the nurse's fast call to the police got the sickest kids to the hospital for treatment of what turned out to be the misuse of Xanax, a prescription anti-depressant. In addition to the commendable action of the school staff, the district turned the crisis into a chance to get a lesson across, flooding the school with anti-drug counselors.
NEWS
March 2, 2012 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 200 people organized by Occupy Philadelphia protested state funding cuts for education outside School District headquarters Thursday afternoon. Some speakers addressed other issues, but the main thrust was education during the rally of Occupy protesters and union leaders at 440 N. Broad St. Gov. Corbett's proposed budget would eliminate $21 million in funding - mainly used for full-day kindergarten and prekindergarten programs - for the Philadelphia School District. The district already faces a $61 million shortfall this school year.
NEWS
February 10, 2012
IT IS VERY unfortunate that Philadelphia has decided to reduce the number of school nurses. All children benefit from the expertise provided by the school nurse. However, for the child with diabetes, a number of other caregivers can be trained to administer insulin and to recognize and treat low blood sugar. Parents of newly diagnosed children with diabetes quickly learn to care for their child. They also train others, such as family members and babysitters, to provide care. And, of course, older children can usually administer their own insulin.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis and Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Chester Upland School District is in "disarray," with "ineffective" governance and financial oversight preventing it from meeting its mission of educating students, according to a state audit. "Those students may never recover from the loss of an effective education, and in the long run, the district's failure could ultimately prevent them from realizing their true potential," Auditor General Eugene DePasquale's report said. The review covered the period from May 4, 2010, through Feb. 26, 2013, during which the 4,505-student district was identified as among the lowest-achieving in the state.
NEWS
September 30, 2000 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Sarah E. Dougherty, 77, a dedicated nurse who became head of New Jersey's school nurses in the 1980s, died Monday at Manor Care nursing facility in West Deptford after a short battle with lung cancer. She was a lifelong resident of Harrison Township and was born in Mullica Hill. Miss Dougherty was a registered nurse who began as a surgical nurse. She became a school nurse and eventually headed school health services for the New Jersey Department of Education. During World War II, Miss Dougherty was a surgical nurse at Cooper Hospital in Camden.
NEWS
March 7, 2012
In the second incident of its kind in just over a week, a student in a Philadelphia school shot a classmate with a pellet gun Tuesday afternoon and was suspended and arrested, authorities said. School District spokesman Fernando Gallard said a seventh grader brought a plastic pellet gun to Henry A. Brown Academic Plus School, a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade facility at Sergeant and Jasper Streets in Kensington. The student shot a classmate in the back of the head about 11:30 a.m., officials said.
NEWS
May 7, 1992 | By Denise Breslin Kachin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Public school students are not the only ones affected by West Chester's plan to cut back its nursing staff. So too are the four parochial schools and one private school located within the West Chester Area School District. Bishop Shanahan, because of its size, would probably retain its school nurse under the proposed plan to cut the nursing staff from 21 to 10. West Chester Friends School and three parochial elementary schools - Saint Agnes, SS. Philip and James, and SS. Simon and Jude - would share nurses.
NEWS
March 1, 2012 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
About 200 people organized by Occupy Philadelphia protested state funding cuts for education outside School District headquarters Thursday afternoon. Some speakers addressed other issues, but the main thrust was education during the rally of Occupy protesters and union leaders at 440 N. Broad St. Gov. Corbett's proposed budget would eliminate $21 million in funding - mainly used for full-day kindergarten and prekindergarten programs - for the Philadelphia School District.
NEWS
June 24, 1991 | By Ralph Cipriano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Brewster, 66, a school nurse who raised three children alone while earning her bachelor's and master's degrees from Temple University, died Friday at her home in Northeast Philadelphia. "Her life was never easy," said her daughter, Mary Brewster Innes. "She could have sat around feeling sorry for herself, but she never did. " Mrs. Brewster was raised in the Holmesburg section of the city. She was a devout Catholic who attended Mass every Sunday and believed in the power of prayer.
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