LEARNS Project

Our Mission:

To provide a source of sustained funding and ongoing support to all Virginia school divisions in order to provide standardized and equitable professional development for school staff in the management of care for students with diabetes.

Our Vision:

Facilitating standardized and purposeful diabetes education of school staff members responsible for managing care of students with diabetes.

“Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAPs), school nurses, bus drivers, teachers, and assistants were offered the program. It cut down on man-hours and space needed for extra group training. Having the online self-paced option helped with this problem. Over 500 staff started the training and called it wonderful and comprehensive. When the staff had some trouble with the E-learning software and printing certificates, they reached out to the company representatives and found them very responsive in taking care of concerns. It helped a lot of new staff who needed to be brought up to date. It was long, but does provide required training in addition to hands-on time.”

Donate to the LEARNS Project

Click here to make a tax deductible donation to the LEARNS Project. Please note LEARNS in the memo to designate where your funds go!

Lions Empowering and Aiding Regional Nurses in Schools (LEARNS) Project

An ongoing project will be funded to benefit children with diabetes attending over 500 Northern Virginia Elementary Schools in 40 school districts during the school year. This training is funded by a generous grant of $18,000 from the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and local Lions Clubs District 24-L. The Virginia Diabetes Council (VDC) members working with the Lions Clubs International Foundation and local Lions Club District 24-L identified the need for additional training and support to diabetes education resources within the school system.

Please review the School Nurse Application to learn more about the project and the application process.

The LEARNS Project team encourages each school division within the 24L region to participate in this project. Please complete the attached application to begin the next steps. We will reach out to the School Health Coordinators to enroll staff members once the grant for the next school year is approved. Thank you for teaming up with us in this initiative.

Please see the following documents for more information:


LEARNS Informational FlyerPress Release – May 22, 2019

Salus Information


School Nurse MemoPowerpoint Presentation

LEARNS Brochure 2020

Which Training Course Do I Need?

Levels of Training

Level 1

Diabetes Awareness

Level 2

Level 1 + Diabetes Care Tasks
(BG monitoring, Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia, Insulin, Diet/Nutrition, Exercise,
Disaster Planning)

Level 3

Level 1 + Level 2 + Laws and Legal Issues

CGM and Pump Modules Available | Nurses receive 6 hours of Continuing Education for completing the training. | SalusEducation.com

Our Team

Traci Carter, MA RN CDE; Chair of VDC LEARNS Project

Kathleen Gold, RN, CDE; Virginia Lions Diabetes Awareness Chair, LEARNS Project Manager, Westmoreland Lions Club

Jacqueline McManemin, BSN, RN, CDE; Chair of VDC-Diabetes in Schools Committee

Tracy L White, MA, BSN, RN; Virginia Department of Education

Nancy Markley, BSN, RN, NCSN; LEARNS Administrative Assistant

Collette Hokana, BSN, RN, NCSN

Juanita Daugherty, MSN, RN, CDE

Sally Kenavan, Lions Past District Governor 24A, LEARNS Administrator

Carol Byers, Lions Zone Chair, Region V Zone 1 24L

Crystal Woodward, American Diabetes Association, Safe at School Program Director


For more information on this, or other, projects please contact: schools@virginiadiabetes.org.

School District Current Participants in District 24-L

  • • Albemarle
  • • Alexandria
  • • Alleghany/Covington
  • • Bath
  • • Charlottesville
  • • Clarke
  • • Culpepper
  • • Fairfax (Public Health • Nurses only)
  • • Falls Church
  • • Fauquier
  • • Frederick
  • • Fredericksburg
  • • Greene
  • • King George
  • • Loudoun*
  • • Louisa*
  • • Madison
  • • Manassas*
  • • Prince William
  • • Rockbridge
  • • Shenandoah
  • • Spotsylvania
  • • Stafford
  • • Staunton
  • • Waynesboro
  • • Winchester

*Purchased by another source

Thank you for your support!

The VDC Diabetes In Schools Committee-LEARNS Grant Team sincerely appreciates the monetary and volunteer support from these organizations. We gratefully acknowledge their essential participation.


Grant Funding Provided By:

Lions Clubs International
Virginia Lions MD24-L
American Association of Diabetes Educators- Virginia Coordinating Body
Virginia Diabetes Council
Azalea Foundation

Additional Support Provided By:

VDC & Lions Volunteers
Virginia Department of Education
Virginia Association of School Nurses
Children With Diabetes-Friends for Life Program
American Diabetes Association