McCreary County Middle School UNITE Club
McCreary Middle School’s UNITE Club hosted a Teddy Bear Drive at the school during the month of December 2013. As part of a Community Service Project the stuffed toys will be donated to the McCreary County Ambulance Service so they may distributed them to young children that are being transported to medical facilities. The club hopes that receiving a stuffed animal will assist in calming the fears of those very young patients. Shown here are UNITE Club officers; Kaylan Stogsdill, Abby Hill, and Bailey Keith with some of the donations.
Programs and Initiatives
The Champions/UNITE for a Drug Free McCreary County currently offers the following initiatives: Court Watch programs, UNITE Pill Dragon, tobacco education, Meth Watch, pre-school anti-drug programs, after school programs, media campaigns (alcohol, prescription drugs, tobacco), treatment referrals and teen coalitions.
The Lord’s Gym
One of the strengths of the McCreary Coalition is its ability to provide activities for its youth at The Lord’s Gym Sports Outreach Center. Open four days a week, the facility is averaging 125 youth attending each day. The gym offers basketball programs, a baseball pitching machine, weight room, video gaming stations, computer homework/tutoring lab, a music lab with guitars, piano and drums, and self-defense classes.
The following partnerships are in place to support the coalitionL Lord’s Gym Sports Outreach Center, McCreary County Board of Education, McCreary County Sheriff’s Office, Adanta Regional Prevention Center, Operation UNITE, Lake Cumberland Health Department, Somerset Community College, Eagle Youth and Family Development Center, McCreary County Fiscal Court, McCreary County judicial agencies, and many local businesses.
Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. community members come together for prayer and discussion at The Gathering Place in Whitley City. Drug abuse is everybody’s problem and it is time to do something about it. Come together McCreary County and see the power of prayer.
McCreary County News
BARBOURVILLE – Operation UNITE was honored by Union College for its “civic responsibility” to the citizens of southern and eastern Kentucky – and the nation as a whole – during its Spring Convocation ceremony on Thursday, January 23. Union College President Dr. Marcia Hawkins presented the award. Accepting the award on behalf of UNITE was Dale Morton, communications director. Text of...Read More
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More than one ton of outdated or unwanted medications was collected by Operation UNITE as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s seventh National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past weekend. A total of 2,021.5 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs were collected from permanent drop box locations in 34 southern and eastern Kentucky counties – an increase of 850.3...Read More
Residents living in southern and eastern Kentucky wishing to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medications have plenty of options at this coming Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Over the past year, Operation UNITE has helped establish 41 permanent medication drop box sites in 34 counties. These boxes are available free to citizens during operating hours that vary...Read More