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ADELPHIA CABLE AND THE WEATHER CHANNEL OFFER ASSISTANCE TO MIAMI CHILDREN

 MIAMI, May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- To help children cope with lingering fears and trauma from Hurricane Andrew, Adelphia Cable, the cable company for south Dade County, will air a special program for school children to be produced by the Weather Channel and WLRN, the public education network for Dade County Schools.
 The program will be based on a visit to Campbell Drive Middle School by John Hope, the hurricane specialist for the Weather Channel, who will visit four schools in the Homestead area May 26-28. The program will also be used in classrooms throughout Dade County to help children better deal with the devastation left by Hurricane Andrew. Airtimes for the program have not yet been determined.
 Children in southern Florida are having serious psychological problems as a result of the disaster, experts report. There have been suicide attempts in the past two months, according to Dade County school officials, and many students have recurring nightmares that another hurricane will kill their families or a favorite pet. Thunderstorms are major class disruptions because the children are so frightened of the storms.
 The schools selected for visits by Mr. Hope are Campbell Drive Middle School, Homestead Middle School, Centennial Middle School and Redland Middle School. The visit to Campbell will include a walk through a damaged area with Mr. Hope answering questions and providing information on hurricanes, followed by a question-and-answer period in a school classroom. The schedule for Mr. Hope's visit has not yet been finalized, according to officials for the Weather Channel.
 The Weather Channel is also supplying educational materials to Miami middle and elementary schools in the south Dade County area to accompany the visit by Mr. Hope.
 "We want to help these children understand that severe weather is not something they have to worry about every minute of every day, but something you do have to prepare for," said Mr. Hope.
 The Weather Channel wants to help the children deal with their fears as well as educate them. Before embarking on the visit, Mr. Hope and other project staff members conferred with a child psychologist who had recently undergone Red Cross disaster training specifically designed to address these type of trauma problems. "It's important for us not to go into a school and give a preparedness lesson on hurricanes. These children have already seen what one can do," says Mr. Hope. "We want to try and give the students some peace of mind."
 John Hope is one of the nation's leading authorities on severe weather, and was senior hurricane specialist for the National Hurricane Center in Miami before joining the Weather Channel in 1982. His career in weather forecasting spans over 40 years, and he has received international recognition for his efforts.
 The Weather Channel, the nation's only 24-hour weather interest network, can be seen in 53.4 million homes. It is owned by Landmark Communications, Inc., a Virginia-based media company with nationwide operations in newspaper and magazine publishing, TV stations, cable television and other video enterprises.
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 /CONTACT: Justin Pettigrew of The Weather Channel, 404-801-2507/


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