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Character Counts in Webster County!

This week’s Character Counts spotlight goes to Clay Elementary School Jets.

According to Mrs. Brooke White, Guidance Counselor, “Third Graders SOARED in Guidance today!! We learned about how Character Counts at Clay!! We worked in teams to discuss and label what makes a good student!! And earned a SOAR card!!!!”

Thank you, Clay Elementary 3rd grade Jets and Mrs. White for supporting WC True Blue Character Counts.

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Operation Parent Training

5 Strategies to Raise a Drug Free Kid
Wednesday, September 26, 2pm-245pm EDT
Presented by Mary Beth Uberti, Operation Parent

It isn’t easy to be “that” parent but getting in the way of our child’s use of drugs or alcohol is our job. 80% of teens report when parents set clear boundaries about alcohol use they are less likely to drink. Sometimes we underestimate our ability to impact our child’s decision to use alcohol or drugs. Learn five practical strategies to implement in your home today for raising your drug-free child.  Register Here

Character Counts

Beginning in 2014, Webster County Schools partnered with community members to address issues focused around youth success. The consensus from the community and youth focus groups was that Webster County needed a universal “character building” approach coupled with active drug prevention activities in the school and in the community to curb substance abuse; therefore, the “True Blue” Drug Free Community campaign was born. This initiative has embedded the six “Character Counts” principles (i.e., trustworthiness, fairness, responsibility, respect, caring, citizenship) as a fundamental layer of environmental change in Webster County.

“Character Counts” is a nationally recognized evidence-based character education and student development program that is supported by the U.S. Department of Education and Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. “Character Counts” addresses all of the protective factor domains (Community, Family, School and Individual). These principles create attachment and bonding for young people to develop pro-social involvement through opportunities and recognition.  “Character Counts” has been implemented in all Webster County Schools with classroom lessons, school “True Blue” Crews, and individual school rules and behavior guidelines attached to the six pillars.  To learn more about Character Counts visit charactercounts.org.

 

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True Blue Partners with WC Youth Council

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Webster County Youth Council members participated in team building training in May 2018 at Western Kentucky University sponsored by the KY Youth Empowerment System Grant.  In addition, the council completed Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco and Character Counts education in August 2018 sponsored by WC True Blue DFC.

The Youth Council will partner with Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue DFC and Webster County Middle School Apex 21st Century after school program to provide mentoring, Character Counts information, and Drug, Alcohol, and tobacco prevention for students in grades 7 and 8 who attend the Apex program.