Partnership offers hearing conservation

Published 4:08 pm Tuesday, December 11, 2018

In 2010, the Farmville Lions Club and Longwood’s Speech, Hearing and Learning Services (SHLS) formed a partnership to offer Hearing Conservation Presentations to the Prince Edward County Elementary School (PECES) fourth-grade students. This year was the ninth year the presentations were given by the Lions/Longwood partnership to PECES and was an immense success.

On Nov. 26 and 28, three presentations were given to 144 PECES second-grade students and their teachers. This was the first year for the presentations to be taught to the second grade classes.

The presentations, developed and given by Longwood SHLS students, taught the second-graders about; parts of the ear, facts about sound, how sound travels, what sounds are too loud, what sounds are safe, and how to protect their hearing. All the second-grade students were well mannered, attentive, and responsive during the presentations and it was very apparent they had been properly prepared by dedicated and caring professional teachers.

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At the end of each presentation Lions presented each student two hearing pamphlets, one for them and one for their parents, and a set of earplugs.

The Farmville Lions Club received support from Dr. Lissa Power-deFur, Professor, Communications Sciences and Disorders and Director of Longwood Speech, Hearing and Learning Services (SHLS); Dr. Mani Aguilar, SHLS Clinical Audiologist; Gloria Eiban, Speech/Language Pathologist; along with undergraduate Communication Sciences and Disorders major students Dallas Phelps, Lindsey Payne and Lucy Wallace. These students dressed as the Caped Hearing Hero “Decibella” to keep the children’s attention on learning about the ears and how to save their hearing.

The Lions also recognize the PECES personnel for their work in preparing, scheduling and directing students during the training to save their students hearing: Principal, Carolyn Jones; assistant principals, Shelly Clark-Reed, Teresa Vance, Keith Claassen; second-grade teachers, Kathleen Biggers, Kathryn Copeland, Mary Sparks, William Hurt, Queen Lyles, Rebecca Reames, Emily Ring, Kimberly Simms, Kailee Short and Michael Williams.

For more information contact the Farmville Lions Club Hearing Chairperson, Tom McBride, at (434) 223-7382 or via email at