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All nine elementary schools in the Meridian city system will benefit from the Meridian Junior Auxiliary's vision and hearing screenings. These screenings can often head off problems in the classroom and identify why some problems exist.

"If they're having trouble in school, that's the very first thing," said school burse, Marcia Russell. "Some of the teachers bring them to us, to make sure that they can see and they can hear."

Russell serves students at Carver Middle School and West Hills Elementary. She says programs like this can make a world of difference in the life of a student.

"It's very important. A lot of the kids wouldn't have the screening if it wasn't offered through the schools," Russell said. "We screen the vision, the hearing, for all kindergarten, first and fourth grades. And we send notes home to the parents to let them know. Then they can follow up with a doctor."

The Junior Auxiliary isn't just detecting vision or hearing difficulties.
It even puts up some of the money to help correct the problem.

"Junior Auxiliary aides these children in the fact that we are here to help the children, to help the nurses," said JA member, Kim McKelvey. "We also help find children who need glasses. JA does provide assistance to families who need assistance."

These free check-ups will travel to a different school each day through Sept. 16.

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