Philadelphia Inquirer (12/17/91), P. 1A
Three high schools in the Philadelphia area will implement a condom
distribution program today. Students at John Bartram, Benjamin Franklin
and Simon Gratz high schools will be permitted to receive counseling and
obtain condoms at "drop-in" centers staffed by health organizations.
Letters were sent to parents two weeks ago explaining the program and
telling them that they can decline to have their children participate, if
they wish. Four other schools are supposed to begin condom distribution
programs, as well. The school board's program is intended to eventually
include each district high school, which makes it the second-largest
condom program next to New York City's. Greater Philadelphia Health
Action will run the Bartram and Franklin health clinics, while the
Medical College of Pennsylvania will work with Gratz. Each center will
cost about $30,000 annually to staff and operate, and private financing
must be donated in order to maintain the programs.