JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under 15 years of age, and the leading cause of absence in school.
One school in Duval County decided to try to do something about it and today they were awarded for it.
John Love Elementary is the first school in Duval County to be honored as an Asthma Friendly school by the Florida Asthma Coalition.
The staff, teachers and students with asthma participated in the Asthma 101 program, to learn how to help students with asthma and to prevent and respond to asthma emergencies.
America's Lung Association, Ciera Walton said, "What we are trying to prevent is for them not to miss school days, so they can be in school for them and get the education they need."
Principal Laura Bowes has a son with asthma and was instrumental in starting the program. She realizes it can help keep kids in school, with asthma attacks being the leading cause of school absences.
"It educates parents, students, and teachers about the triggers of asthma so they are fully aware of what to look for and how to prevent flare-ups," said Bowes
Monica Sorrels, a parent with an asthma child, learned things she didn't know.
"Air freshener, that can cause it, and I did not even realize that a fragrance could flare up asthma," said Sorrels.
Third grader Kenneth Geddes said it can be rough at times living with asthma.
Geddes said, "they gave us prizes every time we answered questions and I was good at it."
Bre-nay Jones, second grader, "I thought it was fun. The best thing is I learned a lot. I learned key words about asthma and I learned how not to have an asthma attack."
"Awesome, awesome, awesome, it is always good to be number one. We are glad to be the model for the district to follow," said Bowes
First Coast News