Outstanding AIDS education programs sponsored by Bingham High School and the Murray School District PTA Council have received recognition from the Mountain States Region of the PTA. Winners were selected nationally by the National Centers for Disease Control.
The two programs were selected for their exemplary incorporation of the State Office of Education's AIDS Curriculum Resource File into the broader context of sexual responsibility. Each of the programs developed a large committee with broad representation from their communities.The Bingham High project integrates the state curriculum into its Teen Aid Program for added emphasis. The Murray District uses a similar program called Sex Respect, said Scott Hess, health education specialist and Marcia Peterson, specialist with AIDS Project Utah.
Kathy Faerber is the Murray council president, and Brenda Brinkerhoff heads the Bingham High PTA.
Efforts at the senior high school level have been correlated to junior high school programs in both instances. Information from the Utah programs will be shared with school systems throughout the country.
At a recent meeting of the Utah Board of Education, researcher Stan Weed indicated that effective sex education programs are helping students choose sexual abstinence before marriage as a healthy alternative.