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“Safe & Healthy Return to School”: Thursday, Aug. 6th in District 5

Monday July 27, 2009

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/536-3622

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5 and the Shawnee Weed and Seed Committee announce “A Safe & Healthy Return to School” is set for Thursday, August 6th.

“We have had many parents tell us how helpful this kickoff has been as children get ready to head back to school,” says Hamilton. “If you have questions about what your child needs to start classes or if you are enrolling your child for the first time, this is an opportunity to talk with experts and officials.”

Hamilton is once again partnering this year with the Shawnee Weed and Seed Committee, Louisville Metro Housing and Family Services, Northwest Neighborhood Place and Jefferson County Public Schools.

“A Safe and Healthy Return to School” will be held at Neighborhood Place Northwest at Shawnee High School, 4018 W. Market St. From 2:00pm to 6:00pm.

Children must be accompanied by their parents/guardians to receive free school supplies and refreshments while they last, after attending at least one of a variety of talk shops that will be offered. Talk Shops are workshops that last about 20 minutes on a wide variety of topics including dating violence, bullying, STDs, alcohol and substance abuse among teens, tutoring, etc.

The talk shops will be led by the Center for Women & Families, Seven Counties Services, Louisville Metro Police, Louisville Metro Health & Wellness Peer Educators, Huntington Learning Center and the Shawnee High School Family Resource Center. Vision, lead and blood pressure screenings will be available and participants will also be able to sign up for a Library card. Other local service providers and the Jefferson County Public School Resource Service will be on hand.

Hamilton says the idea for this event came about as a way for the Shawnee Weed and Seed Program to reach out to area families as it continues its efforts to improve the quality of life for residents, especially in the area of education. “While much attention has been placed on getting rid of crime, we can not forget about helping families already in the community.”

For more information about “A Safe & Health Return to School” contact Neighborhood Place Northwest, Shawnee High School at 485-7232.

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5