PATCH Coalition expands teen health program to GHS


GRAFTON—After seeing a great deal of success at Taylor County Middle School, the PATCH Coalition of Taylor County has decided to extend their Project Period program to Grafton High School.

Noting that the transition from childhood to adulthood for young females can sometimes be a little scary and stressful, the Planned Approach to Community Health Coalition (PATCH) of Taylor County began a program aimed at helping the young ladies through a difficult situation and launched Project Period.

Patch member Alicia Lyons shared that she came up with the idea after seeing a post on Facebook where someone had taken Ipsy bags and filled them up for the schools. 

“I thought it was a great idea, and it fell in line with the PATCH Coalition’s goals of a healthier community,” said Lyons. “Everyone at PATCH was eager to help and has pitched in most of the donations themselves.”

To make the project a success, the organization began collecting pouches like those from Ipsy, Thirty-One, or other similar bags that would be filled with disposable underwear, hygiene wipes, pads, pantyliners and tampons.

According to Lyons, the bags were then delivered to the school and housed in the nurse’s office for students to use when needed.

“The life of a young female can often be chaotic,” expressed Lyons. “We don’t want experiencing menstruation to add to that chaos for our kids.”

After seeing great success in Project Period at Taylor Count Middle School, the PATCH Coalition made an easy decision expand their program to aid young ladies in need at Grafton High School.

Another factor that weighed heavy in the creation of the program was that some families in the area found themselves in a situation where even purchasing needed hygiene products was difficult.

“The inability to purchase menstruation supplies is also a big problem for some kids in the county, and we want to help, but we cannot do it alone,” she added. “We are asking for donations to help make the program successful once again.”

Lyons revealed that donations of bags, tampons, pads, pantyliners and cleansing cloths are being sought. And, while the fate of the school year is still up in the air, she revealed that the products will be made available for females in need.

“Even if the kids are not in the school buildings this year, we want to have these supplies at various locations around the county so that the kids can have access to them,” she explained. “I have obtained quite a bit of tampons and pantyliners, so really, the biggest need is for pads, wipes and the pouches.”

Donations may be dropped off at the Taylor County Family Resources office, located at 105 Beech Street, or the Taylor County DHHR office, located at 235 Barrett Street.

“We appreciate all of the continued support that Taylor County has shown to us and those who benefit from our services,” voiced Lyons. “We are excited about the expansion of Project Period and know that it will be beneficial to the females at both schools.”

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