Oak Park, IL – It’s back to school time at the IWS Children’s Clinic.  Kids are getting ready to head back to the class room, ready to learn by getting school physicals, teeth cleaned and backpacks with school supplies.  On Saturday, August 11th over 220 children attended the IWS Children’s Clinic Back to School Health Fair. 

The annual event is hosted by members of the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society Circle 80 which is comprised of area high school students who fundraise throughout the year to plan and hold two special events for patient families of the IWS Children’s Clinic; the Back to School Health Fair and a Holiday Party in December.  Meenah Harbaugh, a Circle 80 member, who helped plan the event and ran a craft activity, talked about the event, “The kids had a great time at the activity stations.  They were excited to make bouncy balls from glue and to create their own bracelet designs.  It was a hot day, so we also shared cold drinks and healthy snacks.”

Over 200 backpacks were provided to children who are patients at the Clinic. Evelyn Kelley, who helped host the event commented, “The big draw is the backpacks, we gave away over 200 backpacks with supplies this year.  It’s always great to see how much fun the kids have selecting their backpack, they spend time to find their favorite color and design.  It’s a lot of fun.”

The Back to School Fair helps the patient families prepare for a healthy school year.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “No matter what grade your child is about to enter, there’s the yearly back-to-school checklist of to-dos: shopping for school supplies, filling out permission forms, and scheduling your child’s yearly pediatric well-child visit.  While it may not seem as urgent, a yearly physical exam by your family’s pediatrician is an important part of your child’s health care. Every child and youth should receive care through a family-centered medical home. Within the medical home, care is provided continuously over a long period of time so that as a child ages and develops, his or her care is never interrupted.  Adolescence, for example, is a time when vital changes are taking place. It is important to have your child see the pediatrician during the transition years from later childhood to puberty.” 

For more information please contact the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society Children’s Clinic by phone 708-848-0528, email info@oprfiws.org, or visit us online at www.oprfiws.org.


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