Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Schoolhouse Rock

As a parent of a child who must eat gluten free, I understand the importance of advocating for our son's health. I encourage readers with gluten-free school-age children to join the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness on Thursday, August 25 (9 p.m. Eastern) as Nina Spitzer, President of the Celiac Disease Foundation's Greater Phoenix Chapter, leads a free, hour-long online webinar about students' gluten-free needs in and out of the classroom.

“The Importance of School Nurse Education & How-To Strategies for Parents of Gluten-Free Kids” is sponsored by Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery. Nina will:
  • Explain the 504 Plan and its impact on the child's rights in the school environment
  • Advise why school nurses should be educated on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet, including a review of their role in the classroom setting
  • Provide a list of school support staff and their appropriate roles in accommodating a celiac child's needs
  • Share strategies on how parents can maneuver the school year with their gluten-free child
  • Offer tips and suggestions on how parents can create a safe and healthy gluten-free school environment, including recipes and common challenges in the classroom's social setting, such as lunch and snack time, birthday parties and field trips.
Three webinar participants will be randomly selected to win a prize pack from Rudi’s. Each winner will receive:
  • 100% organic cotton t-shirt
  • Large canvas grocery bag
  • Kitchen items, including a refrigerator magnet and sticky note set
  • $1-off coupon for a purchase of a Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery item
You can register through this link.
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