Saving Our Students From Drugs

Anderson County High School has a new organization born and dedicated to helping prevent drug use at that school and beyond.  As drug use becomes more of a problem across the region and the state, the Anderson County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy has been working on a way to help prevent drug use at the high school.  They have created and recently expanded their youth board which includes students from the school to provide feedback and involvement in preventing drugs.

But the youth board and the main board decided to go further a few months ago and created a new organization within the high school, called Saving Our Students (SOS).  The organization, which includes many members of the youth board and beyond, is all about working on projects to help prevent drug use.  Guided by AC-ASAP Coordinator Donna Crain Drury and Downtown Lawrenceburg KY writer, Justin Silverman, the new organization has been making fast strides.

At the start of the organization, Donna filed for and received a $1,485 Kentucky Youth Empowerment System Grant that will fund a long term project that the students are now working on for the rest of this school year and next year.  Called “101 Things to Do Instead of Drugs,” the project consists of research and development of videos, informational handouts, presentations and more to combat drug use.

The students have taken the idea and ran with it, expanding the scope to not only include the high school, but also the middle and elementary schools.  They want to help prevent drug use long before it becomes a problem in later grades.

For the project, they have already developed a plan to gather more information to help create the best possible material to distribute to other students.  They have worked on creating a survey about drug problems at the school and also will be interviewing officials, medical personnel, and more about why and how drugs are a problem.

President of the group, Dalton Lewis, who is a junior at the high school, is passionate about how the project and SOS can help the school and beyond.  “I think that our efforts with this project will bring many changes to our school and community.” Dalton said.  “The least that I think it will bring is awareness to the people in our schools and community.  At most we will reach out to the addicts and help them get help.”

Together, Dalton Lewis, Katy Carmichael, Marlie Garmon, Landon Peach, Natalie Nichols, Jael Cobb, and Callie Felder and beyond are planning to make SOS and the project as successful as possible.  Looking for more members from the high school, they are also working making SOS popular among the students.

For more information about SOS, check out their Facebook page.

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