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Funding from Metro United Way continues to ensure a nurse works in the TeenAge Parent Program (TAPP) at Riverview Opportunity Center.
TAPP received $12,716 which is a portion of over $43,000 allotted to the district.
“With the number of students we have present in the TAPP program this year, we are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to get the funding needed for our nurse,” said TAPP Coordinator Melissa Fox. “Without Metro United Way, the TAPP program would not be as strong as it is today. We are very thankful for this organization to be so helpful for our students in the TAPP program. I would also like to thank Juliann Vachon for helping our program write the grant as well.”
TAPP is for teen moms who are expecting or already have children. In TAPP, the students are expected to complete certain requirements, such as being College or Career Ready and to finish their high school curriculum. There also is a daycare called Wee Care Child Center. This daycare can house 10-12 babies and the majority of times there is a waiting list.
“This year in the TAPP program we started the year off with 19 students, 10 which are pregnant and the rest are mothers,” Fox said. “Having the nurse available for our students has helped out for our students to learn specific developments about their child and to be referred out to other agencies if needed.”
TAPP students are required to finish their high school curriculum from APEX, an online program done while the students are at school. This is an opportunity for the students to utilize both at home and school.
Every Thursday is TAPP class which features specific guest speakers visit to cook healthy meals and use community resources to help the students have outside resources.
“The students will be meeting with a nurse to discuss development with their baby and if the students have any questions,” Fox said. “The nurse will work with the students from 11:45-12:45 with specific tasks such as: bathing, nutrition, breast feeding/bottle feeding and specific developmental milestones.”
Vachon said Metro United Way has supported this program for years.
“The services the nurse provides — educational classes, individual counseling on health related topics, referrals to other programs, etc. — improve students’ overall health, which in turn improves the likelihood that they will go on to obtain a high school diploma and pursue a career that can support them and their children. I think this is a persuasive reason to support such a program,” she said.
Bullitt County Public Schools has over 13,200 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 850 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.