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Parent meetings scheduled for puberty education overview

January 10, 2011

Parents of Wichita fifth-grade students are invited to an overview of the 2011 puberty health program available to their children at the Kansas Learning Center for Health. Instructors from KLCH and Wichita pediatricians Dr. Kerri Meyer and Dr. Kari Harris from Wesley Teen Clinic will present the information and answer questions.

The parent meetings will be held from 6:30 to 7:30pm in the school libraries on the following dates:
· January 13 at Northwest High School, 1220 N. Tyler Rd.
· January 18 at South High School, 701 W. 33rd St. South
· January 20 at Pleasant Valley Middle School, 2220 W. 29th St. North

Wesley Medical Center has donated $23,000 to cover admission and the majority of travel expenses for every fifth-grader in the Wichita school district to attend the classes at KLCH in Halstead.

“We appreciate this partnership to allow students to learn about the changes they go through as they are growing up,” said Wichita Public Schools Superintendent John Allison. “We are thankful for businesses in the community that offer their support to the children of Wichita.”

The program educates students on the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty, but is not a human sexuality class. Students who ask questions about sex will be encouraged to talk to their parents. The presentation ensures every fifth-grade student receives the same factual information from a reliable source.

“Wesley puts kids first in our community,” said Hugh Tappan, Wesley President & CEO. “We understand that this time in a child’s life can be exciting and challenging so we stepped in to be sure that children have every opportunity to set a good standard of health at an early age.”