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Roosevelt Students Awarded for Lead Poisoning Work

November 15, 2006. St. Louis, Missouri. Students at Roosevelt High School will receive awards for essays and art work at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2006.
Guest speakers will include:

* Robin Wright Jones (State Representative - 53rd District) will cover issues of lead poisoning for the State of Missouri.

* James F. Shrewsbury (President, St. Louis Board of Alderman([search])) will cover issues of lead poisoning for the City of St. Louis.

* Donna Jones (Member, St.Louis Board of Education) will cover issues of lead poisoning for public schools.

* Don Fitz, Ph.D., (Gateway Greens) will outline components of a comprehensive approach to lead.

The event will be at Roosevelt High School, 3230 Hartford in St. Louis. It is the culmination of the "Get the Lead Out" program which students have been involved in for several weeks. During the kickoff event, students saw the movie "Ivory Perry: Pioneer in the Struggle Against Lead Poisoning."

For their essays or posters, students could use any combination of (a) the movie, (b) the biography "A Life in the Struggle: Ivory Perry and the Culture of Opposition," (c) pamphlets on lead poisoning, (d) web sites, (e) other library material and/or (f) personal experiences with lead poisoning. Prizes for both essays and art work are: $100, first place; $75, second place; and $50 third place.

The contests are a joint project of Gateway Greens and Roosevelt High School. Susie Parker, Outreach Coordinator of the Gateway Greens, notes that "We are interested in Roosevelt because it is in an area with one of the highest rates of lead poisoning in St. Louis. I live in the neighborhood near Roosevelt and I am sure that many students come from homes that are contaminated with lead."

Recent research on lead poisoning shows that it is associated with violence. "Lead does more than cause mental retardation at high levels," says Madeline Coburn, Secretary of the Gateway Greens. "At very low levels it can damage math and reading scores."

This project is made possible by a grant from the Ben & Jerry's Foundation.
 
 

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