Kilkerley school win silver asthma friendly award
Students in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál in Kilkerly, Co. Louth take part in an asthma education event to celebrate their school being awarded a Silver Asthma Friendly Schools Award by the Asthma Society of Ireland.
Children dressed as asthma triggers and as asthma inhalers to help other students better understand how asthma works and why it's so important to take medication as prescribed by their doctor.
The awards are presented to schools by the Asthma Society of Ireland as part of a national campaign to encourage greater awareness about the condition and how to treat/manage it.
A spokesman said: 'Children with asthma miss an average of ten days of school per year as a result of asthma, which makes it one of the leading causes of school absenteeism. It is also one of the leading causes of children sitting out of PE classes or sports activities.
'With one in five children having asthma, most classrooms in Ireland have at least one student with asthma, which makes awareness so important.'
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