The Southside ISD is breaking ground on Monday, November 5, 2018 on a brand new medical clinic that will provide free treatment to the district’s 6,000 students. Additionally, medical professionals at the clinic will also see the district’s teachers, staff, and community members. The clinic will provide services to students and staff with the main focus on enhancing children’s academics and health.
Superintendent of Schools Mark E. Eads said, “There is a direct correlation between attendance and academic achievement. When children are at school, they gain more knowledge because they’re in class to learn.”
Last May, founder Kym Rapier of the The Blake, Kymberly and George Rapier Charitable Trust committed more than $1M to Southside ISD so that the District could provide medical, mental, and dental health treatment to children. The facility is being named in her honor.
Sixteen students from all grade levels will participate in breaking ground on the Kym Rapier Community Health Clinic.
About 85 percent of the district’s children are from families that live at or below federal poverty guidelines. Parents like Veronica Davalos said SouthsideISD’s free medical treatment will help families immensely. “We are so grateful the district is providing these services to our children. It’s a real blessing and will be a real convenience to families,” said Davalos.
Parents and administrators will join students at the ceremony which marks a major breakthrough in providing medical treatment to people in San Antonio’s South Side.
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