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"Safe & Healthy Return to School': District 5 Thursday, August 7th

Wednesday July 30, 2008

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

With a new school year just around the corner, Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and the Shawnee Weed and Seed Committee have organized a new event for parents and children in District 5. “A Safe & Healthy Return to School” is set for Thursday, August 7th.

“We have many groups and agencies that will help parents and their kids get ready for school,” says Hamilton. “This is an opportunity to talk with experts and officials about what your child needs to start school. Information will also be available about the new school year.”

The event is collaboration between Hamilton, 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 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.

Children accompanied by their parents will be able to receive free school supplies, while they last, after attending one of a variety of talk shop. 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 lead by the Center for Women & Families, Seven Counties Services, Dr. Eddie Woods, 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.

Hamilton says the idea for this event came about as a way to reach out to families as the area continues to improve the quality of life for residents, especially in the area of education.

“We are working in the Shawnee Neighborhood to make the area a nice place for families,” says Hamilton. “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