Students learn about asthma
Statistics show that over 20 million people are affected by asthma, and many of those asthma sufferers are children. On Tuesday, May 8, the Laurel City Council along with Mayor Melvin Mack issued a proclamation declaring May as Asthma Awareness Month. In conjunction with the city of Laurel, Doncella Milton, a resident of Laurel and Continental Societies, Inc.’s national public relations officer, traveled to Nora Davis, Stainton, Mason and Oak Park elementary schools to share information on asthma and asthma triggers. Milton said that if children and parents are aware of the triggers, that asthma attacks can be minimized.
Continental Societies, Inc., a national public service organization with 21 chapters in 17 states, has two national initiatives – asthma awareness and literacy. The Environmental Protection Agency provided over 1,000 booklets to Continental Societies, Inc. for distribution in the elementary schools. The children were encouraged to share the booklets with their families as part of the educational program. Asthma awareness booklets printed in Spanish were also made available for children whose parents are not bilingual.
Doncella Milton shares information on asthma triggers with students at Mason Elementary.