Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

October 07, 2007

Students can get free nasal flu vaccine

Anne Arundel County public school students can get FluMist vaccinations free starting next week through a partnership between the school district and the county Department of Health.

Beginning Oct. 15, healthy children ages 5 to 11 can get the vaccine at their elementary school with written parental consent. Parental permission forms and vaccine information sheets have been sent home with students.

Last year, the Health Department immunized 9,736 students with the nasal spray at public elementary schools. Anne Arundel County has the largest flu vaccination program for public elementary school students in the state, the Health Department said.

"This is a significant public health measure, and I hope parents of all eligible children will take advantage of it," said Anne Arundel County Health Officer Frances B. Phillips. "By getting large numbers of children immunized, as well as adults, we can make great progress in preventing needless illness this year."

Information: www.aahealth.org or www.aacps.org.

Giant Food program give grants to schools

Giant Food customers can sign up for the grocery chain's A+ BonusBucks program, which provides cash grants to local public or private schools.

The BonusBucks program, which awarded $2 million to area schools last year, began Friday and continues through April 3, 2008. Consumers may designate schools by signing up at Giant stores or online at www.giant food.com. Customers will automatically earn points, which are converted into cash grants for the schools they have selected, whenever they use their BonusCards.

"This is a great, easy way for customers to make a difference in the lives of their children," said Andrea Astrachan, Giant's vice president of consumer affairs. "Once you register, the program takes care of itself, as long as you use your Giant BonusCard while shopping."

Participants in last year's A+ BonusBucks campaign must re-register to participate in the 2007 program.

Pass rate 100% on therapy exam

This year's 20 graduates of the Chesapeake Area Consortium for Higher Education physical therapist assistant program, based at Anne Arundel Community College, had a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the national physical therapist assistant examination.

The first-time pass rates were 80 percent statewide and 84.4 percent nationwide.

The two-year, 70-credit program, which admits 25 to 30 students annually, has 177 graduates and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Anne Arundel Community College, Chesapeake College and the College of Southern Maryland formed a partnership in 1995 to provide the associate's degree program based at AACC. Its first graduating class was in 1998.

Information: 410-777-7310 or www.aacc.edu/pta.

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