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In a continuing effort to provide teenage girls in public high schools and middle schools across the city with free feminine hygiene products, a pilot program has been rolled out that will give girls in 25 schools in Queens and the Bronx access to free tampons in dispensers installed in the schools’ bathrooms.

The program will serve 25 middle schools and high schools throughout District 24 in Queens and District 9 in the Bronx, affecting primarily low-income neighborhoods including Corona, Glendale, Ridgewood, Elmhurst, Grand Concourse and Tremont.

According to the Daily News, this pilot program was inspired by a successful free-tampon program launched last year at the High School for Arts and Business in Corona.

Implementation of this program began on March 14, and will reach nearly 11,600 students by its completion at the end of the month.

According to the Department of Education (DOE), this new program will cost approximately $160,000 this year, and could be expanded to more schools depending on the pilot program’s success.


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Tillman March 16, 2016 / 05:04AM
Looks like the 'program' founders either never heard of or don't care about the potentially fatal 'toxic shock syndrome' reported to be the result of using these things. To any parent out there with a daughter reading this: do your research on these tampons and toxic shock before allowing their use. Many women have died from using tampons which is why they're no longer popular nor used.
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moriath March 23, 2016 / 10:45AM
Yes, parents and women should educate themselves about proper use of tampons (and any other hygiene product they wish to use), but to say that many women have died and tampons are no longer popular is incorrect fearmongering. This program is going to help countless young women, from girls who are caught by surprise when their period starts to those whose families may not be able to always afford these relatively expensive, but necessary, items.

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