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Diabetes affects many of our Dothan City School's students. A diabetes diagnosis knocked Chris Hawkins off his feet. The support of his family and a dedicated school nurse helped him find his balance. Now Hawkins is up and running, enjoying athletics and doing well academically.
Hawkins, 13, an eighth-grader at Honeysuckle Middle School, was diagnosed in his sixth-grade year. Hawkins had been ill for weeks prior to the diagnosis, losing considerable weight.
Hawkins started working with Janice Horne, a nurse at Honeysuckle. Horne helped to educate Hawkins about his condition and became part of his daily diabetes maintenance routine. Hawkins ’ typical day involves checking his blood sugar several times, eating snacks as needed if its low and reporting to Horne’s office for monitoring and insulin shots if it’s too high.
As Hawkins learned to manage his illness, his attitude about school improved, as did his grades. When Hawkins decided he wanted to try out for the school football team, Horne supported his decision. Horne has been in contact with Steven Antonopolus, a trainer for the Denver Broncos who works with Jay Cutler, a player with diabetes. Horne said Antonopolus has provided valuable advice concerning nutrition and activity for athletes with diabetes. “He’s told us some tricks of the trade,” Horne said.
Horne said Hawkins has been valuable to her work, helping to mentor other students who have been diagnosed with diabetes. Horne said she recently had him come in to speak to a younger student who was experiencing some of the same feelings Hawkins had when he was initially diagnosed. “They see him in his football pads and they know they can do it too,” Horne said.
Increases in the national diabetes rate are leveling off, but remain higher than they were a few decades ago, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 2012, about 8.3 percent of the population was diagnosed with diabetes, as opposed to 7.9 percent in 2008. While the number was up, the increase wasn’t as dramatic as in previous decades. In 1990, only about 3.5 percent of the population was diabetic. Horne said she has seen an increase in the number of diabetic children during her career. “When I started I had several schools and one diabetic, now I have 11 diabetics at one school,” she said. The city schools have seen an overall increase in diabetics in recent years. Dorthea James, Dothan City Schools head nurse, recently told the city school board about the rise in diabetics and the increase in workload it causes school nurses, requesting more personnel.
Picture and Excerpts from Dothan Eagle Article 9/24/14.
Alabama Association Gifted Children's Video Contest
The Hidden Lake Elementary School Family would like to congratulate Julianna Singley. She was the FIRST PLACE winner in the Alabama Association Gifted Children’s Video Contest. As part of a LinC (gifted) assignment, Julianna was responsible for creating a gifted video that explained why having a gifted program is so important for students like her.
Using her new I-pad from the recent IPad roll out in Dothan City Schools, Julianna created an I-movie. Dr. Senn, LinC teacher, has provided this opportunity to her students for the past three years. This year thanks to the I-pad roll out and the gifted and talented abilities of Julianna Singley the gifted traits of all of the students were recognized.
Julianna and Dr. Senn will travel to Birmingham this Friday, September 19th where Julianna will receive a digital camera from Dr. Bice (State Superintendent of Education) and the AAGC for her work on this project. Julianna was the first place winner among forty other video entries in 5th grade.