With the new school year upon us, I just wanted to thank the Modesto City Schools and many private schools in Modesto for raising the asthma flags on their flagpoles. Unfortunately, Sylvan Union School District does not do this. It is a shame because there are more than 20 million asthmatics nationwide, and 6.2 million of them are children.
Sylvan Union School District has an "Every Day Counts" student attendance campaign -- or does it?
There are more than 10 million missed school days in our country due to asthma. Asthma is the leading reason children miss school. There are 4,200 preventable deaths each year from asthma. It is a disease that can be controlled, but we need to educate people on this disease. One way is to raise awareness. We can accomplish this in the community by raising and flying the asthma and air quality flags.