Free health screenings for young students

BERRIEN COUNTY Throughout this spring and summer, the Berrien County Health Department will offer a series of free hearing and vision screenings for children who will be entering kindergarten or preschool in the fall of 2014. Michigan State Law requires that all children entering kindergarten must have their hearing and vision tested before the first day of school.

Dawn Mitchell, a hearing and vision technician for the Berrien County Health Department, says “because children have nothing to compare their hearing and vision to, they can have problems with their eyes or ears and never even know it.”

Children with undiagnosed hearing or vision problems will often have trouble learning, reading or even following instructions. To avoid any problems, parents of children ages 3½ or older are encouraged to attend one of the free screenings in the spring or summer, so that there will be enough time to receive treatment, if necessary, before school starts.

No appointment is necessary to attend the free hearing and vision screenings.

Screenings dates are as follows:

Watervliet South School
Watervliet, Mich.
Thursday, March 20

Washington Elementary School
Coloma, Mich.
Tuesday, March 25
8:30-11:30a.m. and 1:30-3:30p.m.

New Buffalo Elementary School
New Buffalo, Mich.
Wednesday, March 26

Lake Michigan Catholic School
St. Joseph, Mich.
Wednesday, April 9

Countryside Academy – Millburg Early Learning Center
Benton Harbor, Mich.
Thursday, April 24

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