Parent meetings scheduled for puberty education overview

January 10, 2011

Parent meetings scheduled for puberty education overview

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 7:30 p.m. 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.”

Wesley Medical Center is an acute care hospital providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma.  Every year, more than 25,000 adults and children are inpatients and more than 6,000 babies are born at Wesley.  Wesley is especially also noted for its emergency care, Children’s Center, cardiovascular services, and pediatric care.  It features the area’s only Pediatric ER and Gamma Knife Center.  Wesley was founded in 1912 by the Southwestern Conference of the Medical Methodist Church and became an HCA facility in 1985.  To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please visit  

The Kansas Learning Center for Health is a nonprofit health education museum located in Halstead, Kansas.  The museum features “Valeda” the transparent, talking, life-size mannequin along with hands-on exhibits depicting healthy function and care of the human body. The Learning Center promotes healthy lifestyles through 32 captivating, grade-specific programs that support the Kansas Science and Health Standards.  Certified health instructors engage children and adults by involving them in the health and science presentations that are taught either at the Learning Center or in schools across Kansas.

Over the past year, the Kansas Learning Center has influenced nearly 26,000 Kansas children and adults with the message of choosing a healthy lifestyle.  To find out more about The Kansas Learning Center for Health, please visit

The Wichita Public Schools provides quality education to a school community of more than 50,000 students and employs more than 7,000, making it the third-largest employer in the community.  Parents and staff work together to create a learning environment that is safe, caring and academically challenging.  The Wichita Public Schools brings families the benefits of a large district with the caring approach of the individual communities it serves.