Along with the pleasure of spring comes a little pain for students and teachers with seasonal allergies, and this year might be worse than usual.
“We didn’t really have a prolonged, cold winter and it’s been really damp,” observed HHS nurse Sue Buckberry. “I think the weather just has a whole lot to do with it. Things are blooming now, so we know that’s why it’s happening now.”
Buckberry estimates that she is seeing six to eight students a day with allergy symptoms. Nationally, more than 50 million Americans suffer from various allergies each year, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Although a runny nose, itchy eyes, and sinus pressure can get really annoying, they won’t get you sent home from school, not at HHS.
“Unfortunately, that’s just one of those things that you just have to learn to put up with,” Buckberry said.
The most effective way to treat allergies, she said, is to drink lots of water, take allergy medication as prescribed if you have it and – this is a tough one this time of year - keep the windows shut at home.
“It’s tempting to raise our windows and let the fresh air come in, but when you do that you’re also bringing pollen and everything in your room,” the nurse said.
Story by Alyssa Rieger and Cheyenne Metelka
If you’re short on cash and in need of a prom dress, STARS (Students Taking a Right Stand) counselor Debbie Sheets might be able to help.
She has dresses of different sizes and colors that were donated to her. She invites students to stop by her office (across from Room 104 in the social studies hall) to take a look but asks that they check with her between classes first and then plan to come by after school.
Normally, Sheets has more than 100 dresses, but this year she wasn’t able to keep them all so she just kept the ones she thought most students would like.
“Some of them are brand new - they still have the tags on them - but most of them are dresses that have been worn once and, like, taken to be dry cleaned,” she explained.
If you don’t need a dress but have one to donate, you should also stop by Sheets’ office.
Story by Anna Grace Anderson, Ava Craddock and Kennedy Payne