The Alexandria Sertoma club recently donated $3,117.00 to District 206 for the purchase of 3 Audiometers to replace three machines that were failing to perform adequately.
The school district uses the audiometers to conduct hearing screenings for kids as young as 3 all the way up to 10th grade. An audiometer transmits a sound , a beep, to the headphones being worn by the subject at varying frequencies and intensities. When the tone is heard the student raises their hand.
The Alexandria Sertoma Club volunteers to help with the testing of the students every year in the fall.
The Sertoma club replaced two of the older models back in 2015 and now replaced the remaining 3 older models with this donation.
Melissa Bright says that last year they screened 1,545 students in grades 1,3,5,7 & 10th. Numbers should be about the same for this year. Of those, 7 students were referred on for medical examination. I know this year that one student has already received hearing aids.
This year, the Early Education Center has taken on the Early Childhood Screenings which hearing screenings are done on all 3 1/2 year olds in Douglas County. That is probably an additional 300 kids.
Sertoma Inc. is a volunteer civic service organization with clubs in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The primary service project is helping the more than 50 million people with speech and hearing disorders.
The Alexandria Sertoma Club MISSION is to improve the quality of life today for those at risk or impacted by hearing loss through education and support in the Alexandria Area. Sertoma stands for SERvice TO MAnkind.