Vaccine incentive winners named

By Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools, 12/15/21 2:29 PM

Hope Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Crossley, center, exhibits one of the prizes given away Dec. 13 in a drawing among eligible HPS students who completed COVID-19 vaccination regimens. HPS Assistant Superintendent for Federal Programs Portia Jones, left, and Administrative Assistant Eva Scott, right, assisted in the drawing. – Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools

HOPEYerger Middle School students who “got the shot” won big time in the Hope Public Schools COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Contest drawing conducted Dec. 13.

HPS Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Crossley, Assistant Superintendent for Federal Programs Portia Jones and Administrative Assistant Eva Scott did the honors in the HPS Administrative Conference Room in a Facebook livestream drawing.

YMS students won five of the eight prizes in the drawing, including Addison Corder, LED Fire TV; Sophia Gonzalez, Nintendo Switch, two games; Kenia Pardo, Beats earbuds; Keonta Brown, Nintendo Switch, two games; and, Jekeirra Moore, Beats earbuds.

Hope High School had two winners, including Ovmou Nabe’, LED fire TV, and Maria Solis Perez, sound speakers; and Beryl Henry Elementary School student Kamir Todd won a Nintendo Switch with two games.

A total of 119 students were eligible for the contest which was conducted in grades 5-12 among students who demonstrated evidence of being fully vaccinated prior to the Dec. 10 contest deadline. The total included 47 from HHS, 46 from YMS, 21 from BHE and five from Hope Academy of Public Service. A total of 97 students ages 5-11 were vaccinated at Clinton Primary School but were not eligible for the contest prior to its announcement because of age restrictions for vaccinations.

Qualifying vaccination regimens included Moderna (two doses for ages 18+), Johnson and Johnson (one dose for ages 18+), and Pfizer (two doses for ages 12+). The contest was limited to Hope Public Schools students.

COVID-19 vaccination clinics for students ages 5-18 at the Bobcat Clinic, HPS school-based health clinic, will continue to be offered through the 2021-2022 academic year.

Clinic dates for the remainder of the year are Jan. 12; Feb. 2 and 23; March 6; April 6 and 27; and May 18.

Patients must be registered with the Bobcat Clinic and a completed registration packet is required prior to vaccination. Registration packets are available on all HPS campuses, according to Bobcat Clinic Director Gretchen Carlton said.

A vaccination consent form must also be completed prior to the appointment, she said.

“Please call 870-722-2733, option two, to schedule an appointment,” Carlton said. “The staff will go to the campuses to administer the vaccinations unless the parent or guardian chooses to bring the student to the Bobcat Clinic. They are given those options when they schedule an appointment.”