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Councilman Henderson to offer Back to School help for eight schools in District 14

Wednesday August 8, 2007

For Imediate Release
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

With a new school year just around the corner, some children in Metro Louisville may be ready to learn but others may need a little help when it comes to school supplies.

“The worst thing that can happen is for a child to be ready to learn and not have what they need because their family just can not afford it,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D) 14. “And I am talking about the simple things like paper, pencils or notebooks.”

In an effort to help make back to school a success, Henderson is giving eight schools in his district $500 a piece for school supplies to help out families in need. The money is coming from his Neighborhood Development Fund.

“We will give the money to each school’s Family Resource Center,” says Henderson. “The Centers have a better idea of which children will need our help.”

The schools are Valley High School, Frost Middle School, Watson Lane Elementary, Sanders Elementary, Dixie Elementary, Wilkerson Elementary, Eisenhower Elementary and Johnsontown Elementary.

Henderson is giving $25,000 in a matching grant to Sanders Elementary for a new project which involves new playground equipment, walking tracks, fitness stations, a ball field, wetlands area, bird feeder area, butterfly gardens and other stations for an outdoor classroom.

“I am happy to be a partner in this because the school has already raised $25,000 for this project,” says Henderson.

The Sanders Elementary Outdoor Initiative will also incorporate picnic tables and grills into the recreational/fitness area to be used by the community.

Bob Henderson (D) 14