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Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI NEWS LOOKS AT PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGES ROCHESTER CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS FACE AND THEIR EFFECT ON LEARNING

Rochester, New York (December 17, 2009) – On Monday, December 21 WXXI’s Center for Public Affairs will present special coverage of the unveiling of Rochester City School Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard’s strategic plan for the district. The plan seeks to realize the district's vision: "Every child is a work of art. Create a masterpiece.” Following Brizard’s announcement WXXI’s news team will launch a special series of reports that takes a look at how health challenges facing students in the RCSD impact their ability to learn, and the district’s effort to make them each a “masterpiece.” The news series, entitledCreating a Masterpiece?”will run Monday, December 21 through Thursday, December 24 on AM 1370/WRUR-FM88.5/HD-FM 91.5-2 during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

The series begins with aspecial report from All Thing Considered host and reporter Rachel Ward, airing Monday, December 21 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and again on Tuesday, December 22 between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on AM 1370. With an increasing number of children starting kindergarten with developmental problems, Ward looks at recent findings that many students with learning disabilities spent time in neonatal intensive care units as babies. She’ll talk with University of Rochester Medical Center Resident Dr. LeKeyah Quinn.

On Tuesday, December 22 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and again on Wednesday, December 23 between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on AM 1370, Senior Correspondent Peter Iglinski speaks with RCSD Public Safety & Security Director Jim Sheppard and others about some of the most prevalent risky behaviors the district deals with on a daily basis including guns, drugs, and stealing.

Finally, reporter Carlet Cleare looks at the increasing rate of teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. Cleare interviews RSCD’s Young Mothers Program Coordinator Brenda Ellison and East High School Nurse Practitioner Kim Urbach. She also speaks with pregnant teens. The report airs Wednesday, December 23 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and again on Thursday, December 24 between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on AM 1370.

More details about the series, transcripts, and audio of the reports, and additional resources will be featured on WXXI.org, beginning Monday, December 21.

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