700 Kids Get Ready for School With St. John’s


On Friday, August 2, more than 700 children packed Brookhaven Avenue in Far Rockaway and the parking lots of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital (SJEH) to attend the hospital’s third annual Back to School Fair. At the event, more than 100 children received free dental screenings; over 30 adults received blood pressure screenings; and more than 30 adolescent annual physicals were scheduled. The hospital also distributed backpacks, notebooks, pencils, and other school supplies to ensure that children are prepared for the upcoming school year.

“By providing health screenings and school supplies, we are helping to enhance the health and wellbeing of the families we serve in our surrounding communities,” said Jerry Walsh, Chief Executive Officer. “Studies indicate that there is a linkage between education and good health, and we want to set our community members on the path of leading a healthy lifestyle from a young age.”

In addition to the health screenings and school supplies, children were treated to face painting, basketball, video games, and a rock wall climb provided by the NYPD’s 101st Precinct. Of the more than 40 vendors who participated in the event were members of the FDNY who educated families on fire safety; the Queens Public Library; the health insurers Healthfirst and Wellcare; DentaQuest and HealthPlex who provided the dental screenings; and the New York State Department of Health.