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South Effingham Elementary School Nurse Named "School Nurse of the Year"

Savannah, GA–Laura Mesmer, registered nurse at South Effingham Elementary School, received the "School Nurse of the Year" award as part of Armstrong Atlantic State University's eleventh annual Week of the Young Child Conference, "Literacy and the Young Child." The event was sponsored by AASU's College of Education and College of Health Professions.

"Laura is a dedicated and talented school nurse," said Barry Eckert, dean of College of Health Professions. "She goes beyond the call of duty by taking a personal interest in the special needs of the students."

Mesmer is credited with developing a health plan for students with severe health needs, organizing a health program for teachers, and regularly supporting initiatives by the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association.

"School Nurse of the Year" nominees were submitted by superintendents, principals, parents, and teachers from Chatham and surrounding counties. Criteria considered included a nursing license and a strong history of exceptional involvement in one of the following areas: child advocacy/care; creative program planning and implementation; political and legislative activities; community involvement/volunteerism, and/or research.



May 2, 2002

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