County schools attend “Drug Story”
Finding ways to get through to today’s youth can sometimes be a challenge, but interactive programs like the recent presentation of “The Drug Story” to schools in Franklin County always seem to go a long way.
“The Drug Story,” which is sponsored by Franklin County Community Education, is something that program coordinator Sue Entrekin said was started several years ago as a way to get across the message that a lifestyle of drug activity is a dangerous lifestyle to have.
“We partnered with Russellville City School’s drug free counselor Nancy Cooper several years ago and she introduced us to this program,” Entrekin said. “We continued sponsoring the program because it’s a message our students need to hear.”
The interactive program takes sixth-grade students in all the county schools through different stages of a young person’s life who has gotten involved with drugs.
Volunteer actors from the community portray different scenes show how devastating drugs can be and how they affect not only the person directly involved with drugs but all the other people in their lives as well.
“Sixth grade is a pivotal time in a young person’s life where they will soon be making decisions about this sort of thing,” Entrekin said. “With funding in the schools the way it is, drug prevention programs are not readily available for the students to take part in, so we felt this would be a good way to get the message across.”
Entrekin said even though Community Education sponsors the event, they wouldn’t be able to put it on without the community support they receive year after year.
“The collaboration between the community participants is just incredible,” she said. These people have given their time to help us get this valuable and potentially life-saving message across and we appreciate them so much.”
Community Education wanted to recognize the following rganizations and individuals for their participation in “The Drug Story” on May 1 at Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church:
Red Bay Mayor Bobby Forsythe; Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church for allowing the use of their building; David Corum, Steve Lindsey, Jeremy Robinson and FWB youth group; Red Bay Hospital Administrator Glenn Jones and medical staff Sharon Strickland and Keena West; Sue Hellums and Red Bay Hospital Dietary staff for providing lunch for the volunteers; Red Bay Police Chief Janna Jackson and the Red Bay Police Department; District Judge Paula McDowell; District Attorney investigator Mike Mayfield; Transcare Ambulance Service; Deaton Funeral Home; Redmont Trading; Brenda Oliver, Kathy Archer and all other community volunteers; and the teachers, principals, students, agencies and other businesses that participated.