Children's Aid Society Staff, Students and Parents to Travel to Albany to Advocate for School-Based Health Centers

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Contact: Ellen Lubell, The Children's Aid Society, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-5742
Emily Crossan, The Children's Aid Society, (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742

600 People From Across the State to Rally for Important Health Services in Schools

When: Tuesday, February 13, 2007
6:45 – 7:15 a.m.

Where: Bus will depart from:
The Armory - Fort Washington Avenue between 168th and 169th Streets

What: Approximately 50 staff, students and parents from Children’s Aid Society community schools in Washington Heights and East Harlem will travel to Albany for School-Based Health Centers Advocacy Day.

Participants from across the state will rally and visit legislators to advocate for increased funding for health centers located in public schools. There are 198 school-based health centers in New York State, serving over 200,000 students.

Advocates want an additional $6.5 million in funding in the 2007-2008 New York State budget for school-based health centers. They are also asking legislators to preserve funding included in the Executive budget.

In Albany, The Children’s Aid Society families and staff are planning to meet with New York State Assemblymen Adriano Espaillat, Herman D. Farrell, Jr., and Adam Clayton Powell, IV and Senators Bill Perkins, Eric T. Schneiderman, and José M. Serrano.

** Parents and organizers from The Children’s Aid Society will be available for interview before the bus departs. **

Who: Organized by the New York State Coalition for School-based Primary Care, Advocacy Day allows stakeholders to convey the importance of school-based health centers and funding to their legislators. The Children’s Aid Society is a member of the Coalition.

The Children’s Aid Society was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving more than 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.

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