The health and welfare of local students was at the top of the agenda today for Etowah County’s Children’s Policy Council. In partnership with Gadsden City School’s 21st Century Program and numerous other community organizations, the Children’s Policy Council today provided health and wellness screenings for about 200 children who attend the 21st Century summer programs at Striplin Elementary and Gadsden Middle School. The children were screened by nursing students from Snead State who checked the kids overall health. Council officials say that the free screenings can serve as an important early indicator for parents that there may be a health issue with their child. The Children’s Policy Council conducts these health screenings every summer. Additional screenings are planned for the kids participating in the summer programs at the YMCA and at the Boys and Girls Club.