Thursday October 17, 2013
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622
Louisville – The students of Wheatley Elementary are now participating in a program that will help them live a healthier lifestyle for better learning that could be used toi help other at risk kids throughout Metro Louisville.
On Thursday, Councilman David James (D-6) and Kosair Charities kicked off the Care for Kids program for Wheatley Elementary to start them on their way to better health.
“One of the missions of Kosair Charities is to help children in need and in this case it is to help raise healthy children,” said James. “This program will go a long way in keeping children healthy and giving their parents information that will help them what is available to them in affordable and convenient health care.”
Care for Kids will focus on health screenings in areas such as oral, vision and nutrition. The screenings will take place during school hours and some services will be provided with help from other volunteer groups and educational organizations over the next several weeks.
The University of Louisville School of Dentistry and Pediatrics is participating in the program. U of L Faculty and Students will provide dental screenings, BMI Screenings and nutritional information during the program. The Louisville Lions Club will be involved in vision screenings for the students.
Funding for the program will be provided through Neighborhood Development Funds of the Metro Council. Joining James as additional sponsors of Care for Kids are Council members Marianne Butler (D-15), Tom Owen (D-8), David Tandy (D-4) and Council President Jim King (D-10)
“Our goal is to help students who are at risk in Jefferson County. This program will be able to catch the student who may have a vision problem and recommend glasses for reading skills. It could also help with better nutrition to enhance learning. These are the kinds of things that will make a difference in helping our kids with their learning skills,” said James.
Wheatley Elementary is the first school in what could become a model for other at risk kids in schools throughout Metro Louisville. The program will conclude at the end of the 2013 2014 school year.
The next big event for Care for Kids will be on October 21st at the U of L School of Dentistry from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
David James (D) 6