FREE PHYSICALS: Back-To-School Preps

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Sergeant Bernell Edwards could get used to this type of crowd control. Edwards says, “So this is totally a different atmosphere than you would normally encounter as a police officer. Because everybody wants to be here and they`re out here enjoying themselves.”

2,000 plus people lined up outside East High School for the annual Jumpstart School Physicals. Students K-12 get their teeth checked, immunizations, and a backpack filled with school supplies. Community health educator Sarah Boese says, “It`s a place where they can get everything done at once. They don`t have to worry about co-pays or office visits so it`s a one stop shop.”

Thanks to countless volunteers, everything here is free, but it does cost families a good chunk of time. Parent Kelly Larpenter says, “Some of them are getting frustrated. But they just go off and sit on their cellphones.”

Families wait through line after line, but parents say taking their kids to school on a Saturday for this one-stop-shop is worth it. Larpenter says, “You know we`ve been planning for it. They were excited to come.”

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