Craig Briefs: Teacher retirement gift entries sought by school

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Sandrock Elementary School teacher Michele Conroy is retiring after 23 years of teaching, and the school is sending out a call for letters from former students, parents of students, colleagues and friends to add to a scrapbook being compiled for her. If you would like to let Mrs. Conroy know how she had a positive impact on your child or yourself, drop off your letter by 4 p.m. Thursday at Sandrock Elementary School. Call 970-824-3287 if you have any questions.

A 55 Alive driver safety program is Wednesday

A 55 Alive AARP driver safety program is from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the second-floor activity room at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. The cost for AARP members is $12. The cost for nonmembers is $14. Bring your current driver’s license and your AARP membership card. RSVP to 824-5123.

School district offering meals during summer

The Moffat County School District’s Food Services Department will provide summer meals to all children 18 and younger at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. Meals will be provided between 11:20 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday beginning May 28. Meals must be eaten on site. There is no cost, and children do not have to be a member to enjoy lunch.

Monday registration set for football camp

Registration for the Moffat County Football Camp is from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the MCHS football field. The camp is for rising seventh- to ninth-graders. The $80 cost includes an entire summer of weights camp, speed-training work, conditioning, 7-on-7s and Under Armour workout gear.

VNA: Review your child’s vaccine record

Several adolescent vaccines are given in a series, which if not finished leaves your child incompletely protected. Protection provided by some childhood vaccines, such as pertussis (whooping cough), begins to wear off by adolescence. Three vaccines are recommended at age 11 to 12. If your teen missed these shots, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association officials advise they should “catch up.” The shots can be given at any medical office visit, camp or sports physical:

■ Tdap vaccine is a booster against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Pertussis, or whooping cough, can keep kids out of school and activities for weeks. It can also be spread to babies, which can be very dangerous. In Colorado, the Tdap vaccine is required for entry into sixth grade.

■ Meningococcal vaccine protects against meningococcal disease. Meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria and is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis (a serious infection around the brain and spinal cord) and its complications. A booster dose is recommended at age 16.

■ HPV vaccine protects girls and women against the types of HPV that most commonly cause cervical cancer. HPV vaccine can also protect boys against genital warts and other cancers. Immunization against HPV is a series of three shots over six months.

Every year, children and adolescents should receive an influenza (flu) vaccine too, because even healthy kids get the flu, which can be serious.

For families with health insurance, all or most of the cost of vaccines is covered. For families without insurance, children 18 and younger are eligible to get vaccines at low or no cost through the Vaccines for Children program (VFC). You can find out more about the VFC program or about these vaccines by contacting your health care provider, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-824-8233, or by contacting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/teens or 1-800-CDC-INFO.

Medical foot care clinic offered to older adults

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides medical foot care clinics for older adults from 8 a.m. to noon every Wednesday at The Journey, 1150 W. Ninth St., and from 9 to 11 a.m. the first three Thursdays of each month at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. Clinics include consultation, foot inspections and toenail trim. The copay is $20. Call 970-875-1884 to make an appointment.

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