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“Safe & Healthy Return to School”: Thursday, Aug. 4th

Friday July 29, 2011

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

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) and the Shawnee Weed and Seed Committee are prepared to help students and parents get ready for a new school year with “A Safe & Healthy Return to School” set for Thursday, August 4th.

“As summer begins to wind down, it’s time to focus on getting prepared for 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 joins the Shawnee Weed and Seed Committee, Louisville Metro Housing and Family Services, Northwest Neighborhood Place and Jefferson County Public Schools in hosting this event.

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

Children will be able to receive school supplies but must be accompanied by their parents/guardians. In order to receive the schools supplies, parents and children must attend 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 ranging from dating violence, bullying, STDs, alcohol and substance abuse among teens to tutoring.

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 event has been successful over the years as the Shawnee Weed and Seed Program continues its goals to revitalize all areas of the Shawnee Neighborhood.

“We cannot forget about the importance of educating our children and helping them be successful in school and in life,” says Hamilton. “Our neighborhoods will continue to improve when we take the time and effort to make sure our children have what they need in education then they can achieve great things.”

For more information about “A Safe & Healthy Return to School” contact Neighborhood Place Northwest, The Academy at Shawnee by calling 485-7232.

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5