GLENDALE, Ariz. – Two school nurses from Lake Pleasant Elementary School in the Peoria Unified School District were recognized at a recent staff meeting for their extraordinary efforts. Nurse Carla Moore and Nurse Barbara Zech were both nominated to receive the American Diabetes Association’s Partner in Care Award.
Nominations were submitted by parents Becky Linkey and Wendy Rose who have children with diabetes that attend Lake Pleasant Elementary School.
“The first week of school, Nurse Carla kept in contact with me throughout the day until I was comfortable,” stated Linkey.
In her nomination, Rose wrote, “My daughter’s school nursing staff takes impeccable care of her throughout the school day. They are able to interpret the numbers, consider the variables and work efficiently to minimize missed class time.”
The award recipients are recognized for their commitment to making sure the students are able to participate in the everyday activities with all of the other students, without the stress and worries that can accompany diabetes. Nurse Moore and Zech received this prestigious award for going above and beyond in caring for their students with diabetes and are shining examples of what it means to be a Partner in Care.
The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 32 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school and was the first district in the state to receive the prestigious AdvancED Accreditation.
With ongoing open enrollment and unique educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.