Girl Scouts bring diabetes education to classroom

A quote along the walls of Macomb High School.

November is National Diabetes Month, which recognizes a disease that affects over two hundred thousand Americans younger than age 20.

There is a group of Girl Scout's in Macomb that is working to make sure teachers at their high school are better equipped to handle students with diabetes.

In Illinois, a high school student spends almost a thousand hours a year inside of a classroom. That's almost 21 percent of the student's day in the care of someone other than their parent.

For students like Gretta Nolan who have diabetes, it's beneficial for their teachers to understand their needs.

That's why Nolan and her fellow girl scouts decided to create a video to fill that void.

The video demonstrates how a teacher can help a student if they go into a diabetic coma and it educates on the disease itself.

Gretta thinks teacher's could use more information on the subject.

"I think the word needs to get out a little bit more. I don't think that enough people know about it. I mean they do teach teacher's some of it, but they don't know exactly all of it," Gretta said.

One of the troop members, Dorothy Blome, has spent almost 10 years in the troop and thinks diabetes is sometimes forgotten about.

"Diabetes is just this thing that people have started to take for granted. And once you take something for granted, it goes completely out of your mind and you don't think about what you can do to help when someone has a situation," Blome said.

One of the other ladies who worked on the video is Elise Cangro, and she also would like to see education on diabetes become a priority.

"I would like to see that people are more aware of it and know what to do. And make it so that diabetics don't have to worry so much about what happens when they're away from their parents that probably know the most about diabetes," Cangro said.

Sue Nolan is Gretta's mom and the troop leader. She has experienced first hand what it's like sending a child to school and wondering if they'll be in safe hands.

"Every parent is worried about their child. Every teacher is trying to deal with every variety of child that they have in their classroom. Some of them just have more needs. And this just trying to help them understand what those needs were and how to deal with them," Sue said.

For their work on this project, they are receiving the silver award, which is the highest award a girl scout cadet can earn.

These three Girl Scout's say ultimately, they would like for every teacher in the Macomb School District to see the video.