Raising epilepsy awareness in schools to reduce stigma, bullying

Iron Range Tykes earns Seizure Smart School distinction
Iron Range Tykes Learning Center staff: Back row (l. to r.) Shawntel Gruba, Katie Mitrovich, Julie Mitchell, Krystallee Husemoller, Bethany Helgerson, Nikki Malich, Wynona Clinton, baby Jim Clinton and Larissa Johnson. Front row: Samantha Snidarich, Kayla Vidas, Lacey Foss, Emily Moisio, Ashley Bernard and Stephanie Lokken. Submitted photo.

Iron Range Tykes Learning Center staff: Back row (l. to r.) Shawntel Gruba, Katie Mitrovich, Julie Mitchell, Krystallee Husemoller, Bethany Helgerson, Nikki Malich, Wynona Clinton, baby Jim Clinton and Larissa Johnson. Front row: Samantha Snidarich, Kayla Vidas, Lacey Foss, Emily Moisio, Ashley Bernard and Stephanie Lokken. Submitted photo.

MT. IRON – With its dedication and commitment to support students with seizures, the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) announced that Iron Range Tykes Learning Center in Mt. Iron earned the distinction of being a Seizure Smart School.

Seizure Smart Schools brings students, teachers, school nurses, staff and families together to foster understanding of epilepsy in schools and teach seizure first aid. Schools and families work together with EFMN to alleviate stigma around seizures in classrooms and in the community.

More than 300,000 children in the U.S. have epilepsy, and one in 10 people will have a seizure at some point in their lifetime. “Knowing how to respond to seizures is important. Supporting kids with seizures in schools so they can chase their dreams is critical and we are delighted to partner with Iron Range Tykes Learning Center,” said Heidi Fisher, EFMN executive director.

Visit efmn.org for details and to find out how to make your school “seizure smart.”

When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they have epilepsy. One in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime, and one in 26 will develop epilepsy. Epilepsy affects more Americans than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease combined. EFMN educated more than 9,000 people via schools trainings last year.

For information of the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota, visit efmn.org.

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