6,940 students! That’s the number of students screened in 2017 through Savannah Speech and Hearing Center’s Hearing Screening Program!
Children with hearing loss fall behind peers in speech, language, learning, and social skills. To identify and serve these children, the Georgia Department of Public Health mandates school hearing screenings. This is an enormous task, but we made it happen. In 2017, we screened at 31 public and private schools, preschool through 11th grade, in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham Counties.
This task could only have been accomplished with the help of generous volunteers like Linda Larson and Charles Golphin, who we proudly nominate for Volunteers of the Year! Linda retired from Lutheran Services in 2014 and is an active SSHC Volunteer. She participated in the Center’s training and now goes with us into schools to perform hearing screenings. She enjoys interacting with students of all ages and believes the time spent screening keeps her young! Charles retired to Savannah from Miami, where he worked as a Public Administrator, and at one time served as a Loaned Executive for United Way of Miami. Charles also trained as an SSHC Volunteer, and enjoys going to schools, meeting students, and knowing he makes a difference by performing hearing screenings.
Linda and Charles are generous, kind and always willing to show up. SSHC is grateful for their dedication. One student at a time, almost 7000 times in a school year–that’s an invaluable gift from these extraordinary volunteers.