Volunteers Sought for Pasco School Hearing Screenings

The Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida screened over 16,000 students at 74 schools last year and is now looking for volunteers to help do the same this year. School began on Monday, August 14, and volunteers will be needed soon. No previous training required and the first screening is taking place August 24.

The process of screening is simple and a brief demonstration is provided. The volunteers are always free to choose which schools they would prefer to volunteer.  The average screening time is about two to three hours, but any amount of time a person can volunteer is greatly appreciated. All volunteers must pass the School Board background check in order to help.

Prospective volunteers can access the application at www.pasco.k12.fl.us <http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us> and click on the Volunteer Application at the bottom of the page.  Under Preferences, the volunteer should choose Sertoma Speech & Hearing.

For details and more information about volunteering to help screen students for hearing deficiencies, contact Michele Guzewich at the Sertoma Foundation at (727) 312-3881 or by e-mail: [email protected]. <http://[email protected]>

Hearing Loss is the most common birth defect nationally. Early detection and intervention is vital for an infant to have the opportunity to access speech and other sounds for learning and brain development. The mission of the Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida is to provide quality  developmental and rehabilitative services, products and education–primarily to children–throughout Florida, in a caring and  compassionate environment, never limited by the ability to pay.