CDF partners with parents, agencies, and neighbors to provide health services to very young children and their families

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The Wellness on Wheels van made a stop at the Avalon Apartments in Clarkston on Saturday, December 10.  Thirty six children and adults were served.  Adults received flu shots and children received immunizations as well as hearing, vision, and dental screenings and flu medicine. There were some tears but overall the children were brave.

Approximately half of the families receiving health services participate in the Clarkston Development Foundation’s Parents as Teachers program and many attend Young Years Learning Center.  Seven families from Bhutan who live in Kristopher Woods Apartments in Clarkston  were given rides by Young Years staff to the Wellness on Wheels van..  Earlier in the week, the families made appointments for these services so the Wellness on Wheels staff could check records. (deleted the beginning of the sentence) Inbetween appointments,  The Wellness on Wheels staff was able to provide flu shots to residents of Avalon apartments

The event was sponsored by the Clarkston Development Foundation and Young Years Learning Center in partnership with Wellness on Wheels and Avalon Apartments. This was the first time Wellness on Wheels visited this area of the community.  We look forward to an ongoing partnership.  The Wellness on Wheels staff and volunteers worked non-stop during the day.

While families were receiving health services, others were across the street at Young Years Early Learning Center, sprucing up the inside and outside.  Parents, staff, and relatives of Young Years were joined by neighbors and friends of all ages for a day of shoveling and putting down mulch, cleaning  inside the Center,  getting to know each other, and enjoying lunch and refreshments during rest time.  There were also a number of perennial plants that were added to the landscape to help beautify the area and to encourage a interactive learning environment that the Center can use in their programing. The plants were given through a generous donation made by the Atlanta Woman’s Club.

Young Years and CDF thanks Wellness on Wheels staff, and the many volunteers –  including  Young Years staff and parents, a martial arts class,  and a fraternity,  who offered their time and talent to this event.

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