Two local school nurses were honored by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and the S.C. Department of Education for their professionalism and service to public schools.

Nancy Baker, a registered nurse at Moultrie Middle School, was named the School Nurse (RN) of the Year; and Glenda Moore, a licensed practical nurse at West Ashley High, was been named the School Health LPN of the Year.

Baker actively promotes student and staff fitness and wellness through programs funded though her facilitation of grants and community support, Cathy Young-Jones, DHEC's state school nurse consultant, said.

"As a certified educator for a national program aimed at helping school nurses care for students with diabetes, she's taught more than 300 school nurses in multiple states," she said.

Moore, works closely with her RN supervisor, parents, teachers, food service personnel and school administrators to assure that students' health needs are met, Young-Jones said. 'She was instrumental in securing two $1,000 grants for her school to promote healthy behaviors such as choosing healthy foods, exercising, maintaining adequate hydration and coping with stress,' she added.

Also, Margie Moore, Richland County School District One's coordinator for nursing services for the past 11 years, was awarded the Dee Dee Chewning School Nurse Administrator Award. The award recognizes a school nurse leader who compassionately supervises and inspires the work of other school nurses. Moore coordinates school health services provided by 52 nurses.

"These award-winning nurses exemplify what's best about those who provide school health services," Young-Jones said.