2016-08-25 / Front Page

Dr. Mona to speak at Flushing High

By Sam Tunningley

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha GENESEE COUNTY – Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha – the Flint pediatrician at Hurley Medical Center responsible for crucial findings in the water crisis – is set to speak at Flushing High School on Thursday, Sept. 8, 5-7 p.m., at an event commissioned by County Clerk John Gleason.

Gleason, a resident in the community and class of 1972 graduate of Flushing High School, believes it is important to go outside the boundaries of Flint to address the ongoing issues in Genesee County.

“We need to start decimating information through the suburbs,” said Gleason.

Though Flushing was not one of the areas affected by the water crisis, Gleason said the event is meant to keep spreading information about this crisis and inform students and Flushing residents it is far from over.

“You can’t put a calendar date on this,” said Gleason. “It will impact generations.”

Gleason met Hanna-Attisha at an event last winter and expressed interest in bringing her to Flushing. During the two-hour presentation, students will now get a chance to hear the history of the water crisis and Hanna-Attisha’s role in bringing it out into the open.

Gleason said the event is being sponsored and promoted by Mike Hamilton’s social studies class.

“We want young civics students to understand – even if something goes wrong, enough human spirit can make it right,” said Gleason.

There will be no photos during the presentation, but Gleason said students and parents can get pictures afterward with the Hanna-Attisha. The event is entirely open to the public.

Gleason also extended gratitude to the Genesee Health Plan for co-sponsoring the event, and to Dr. Hanna- Attisha for her participation.

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