Magoffin County High School in conjunction with STARS and the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative, also participated in a community problem solving initiative during the 2014-2015 school year. The MCHS community problem solving team discovered that underage drinking was a concern for the youth in our county, and created the Underage Drinking and Prevention Program.
Magoffin County High School Principal Tony Skaggs approved and supported the project from its nascent stages to our presentation at the Action Research Summit. Magoffin County High School Academic Team Coach Byron Risner is the sponsor for the Underage Drinking Prevention Program.
Members of the Magoffin County High School Academic Team spearheaded the UDPP. The following students developed and implemented the community problem solving initiative: Team Leader Dalton Howard, Hannah Isaac, Sarah Tussey, Aaron Nichols, Brandi Banks, Karringtyn Bain, Logan Tackett and Peyton Moore.
The UDPP successfully implemented the following measures to decrease underage drinking in the community: SADD; a Facebook and Twitter page; sponsored a presentation by motivational speaker Joe Washington; and a school wide anti-alcohol poster contest.
A student based survey indicated that 74% of students at the high school would be less likely to be involved with alcohol after the survey.
Sixth grade students from North Magoffin, Salyersville Grade and South Magoffin also participated and were awarded with a STARS Mini Grant. Their Community Problem Solving project was called REACH for the STARS! Working with the REACH Organization and the HWMS Community Problem Solvers, these sixth graders developed a plan to provide other sixth graders in our county with a series of recreational activities with a focus on drug education. They researched, wrote scripts, and prepared drug awareness presentations, which they shared at afterschool events.
Photo 1: Pictured left to right: Front row- Tess Risner, Hunter Howard, Tarren Hunley. Second row – Bianca Gipson, Joseph Porter, Riley Meadows, Isaiah Salyer. Back row – Alyssa Fletcher, Levi Rudd, Ryan Gibson, Andrew Mortimer, Haley Joseph, Kaitlyn Downing
Photo 2: Pictured from left to right: Front Row: Mr. Tim Cain, Coach, Jay McDaniel, Erin Bolen, Leah Bailey, Peyton Wheeler, and Keenan Conley
Back Row: Cassidy Lovely, Elijah Rudd, Jesse Brown, Michael Salyer, and Della Minix, Coach.
Photo 3: Pictured Left to Right:Logan Tackett, Brandi Banks, Sarah Tussey, Hannah Isaac, Karringtyn Bain, Aaron Nichols, Coach Byron Risne