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TRUE BLUE Camp

Earlier this month, a few of the TRUE BLUE Crew members met to learn the Chatter 4 Change podcasting process. The graduating seniors worked with younger students to provide a smooth transition for the new podcast crew. In addition to the podcast training, True Blue Crew members made Substance Prevention PSAs. Chatter 4 Change podcasts will return in late July after our crew enjoys a short summer break.

Mini-Mini TLC

The past year has taught us that we can do successful prevention work even in times of a global pandemic. This year the Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue Coalition was unable to implement some of the traditional prevention programs, so the program committee went to work to alter the plans. Since the Mini TLC was cancelled due to the event being a large group activity, the ASAP board collaborated with the middle school to implement a Mini Mini TLC with Hello WCMS in small groups. The Mini Mini TLC was held at the football field and in the middle school gym where 6th grade students were able to participate in character building, decision making, and team building activities with the leadership of the YES Youth Council True Blue Crew and the Webster County Extension Staff. (One underlying objective in ALL the Webster County True Blue Crew’s activities is that younger students see the high school crew have an abundance amount of fun without using substances — and what a FUN day!)

Looking back…

If you ever wondered what is happening in Webster County, KY…here’s a list of just a few activities involving TRUE BLUE!

Webster County KY-ASAP

True Blue Drug Free Communities

Webster County True Blue is a partnership between Webster County Schools and Webster County Ky-Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (KY-ASAP) and is a 5-year grant funded initially in 2017. The True Blue concept is around the notion that youth must be more “True Blue” to themselves, school, community related to risky behavior. The 6 Pillars of Character Counts, Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship are taught throughout the school district and the community.  KY-ASAP encourages WC residents to share the “True Blue” message by wearing blue on the 1st day of each month.

True Blue Accomplishments

  • True Blue Day the 1st of each month
    • WC Judge Executive Proclamation
    • Community participation
    • School participation
  • Data Tools Implemented/Utilized
    • Kentucky Incentives for Prevention (KIP)
    • Annual Parent Enrollment Survey
    • Youth Focus Groups
    • Parent Focus Groups
  • Character Counts
    • Two Guidance Counselors attended National Training
    • Guidance Counselors trained teachers
    • Each school implemented Character Counts Initiative (in each classroom K-12)
    • Faith-based initiative
    • Quarterly training meetings with Drake University CC Trainers
    • Utilization of the Character Counts App for teachers (coming soon)
    • APEX afterschool CC programs
    • Capstone afterschool CC programs
  • Initiated True Blue Crews
    • Faith-based
    • Parent
    • Legal
    • Youth (in each school)
      • Training provided 2 times per year
      • Monthly Meetings
      • Community Service Projects throughout each year
      • True Blue Camp
  • Community/Health Fairs/Festivals
    • Senior Citizens Health Fair
    • Health First Health Fair
    • Webster County Health Coalition Health Fair
    • Readyfest
    • Clay Days
    • Onton Hay Days
    • Providence 4th of July Celebration
    • Dixon Ducky Days
    • Sebree Firecracker Run
  • National Education Campaigns
    • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
    • True Blue Week (Red Ribbon Week)
    • Take-down Tobacco Day/Kick Butts Day
    • National Prevention Week
    • Great American Smoke-out
    • Substance Abuse Awareness Month
    • A Dose of Prevention
  • KY-ASAP/True Blue Professional Development
    • Graduated from the National Coalition Academy
    • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Mid-year Institute
    • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) National Forum
    • KY-ASAP Coalition Annual Board Summit
    • Kentucky Prevention Network Conference
    • Rx Summit
    • Kentucky School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies
    • ONDCP/CADCA Drug Free Communities National Research Study Participants
  • Community Trainings:
    • The Impact of Drugs on Communities – Monte Stiles (former federal prosecutor)
    • Healthy Seniors
    • The Impact of Human Trafficking on Communities
    • Narcan Administration
    • Trending Drugs
    • Misuse of Prescription drugs (March 27th)
    • The Youth E-Cig Epidemic
    • Town Hall Meetings  
    • Community Conversations
  • WC KY-ASAP/True Blue Supported Programs
    • Truth and Consequences
    • Mini Teen Leadership Conference
    • Regional Teen Leadership Conference
    • 5th Grade Health Fair
    • Hello WCMS
    • 5th Quarters
    • Project Graduation
    • Project Northland/Slick Tracy
    • Too Good for Drugs
    • Motivating Mentors
    • Class Act
    • Sources of Strength
    • Senior Exit Interviews
    • WCHS College and Career Fair
    • Reality Store
    • WC Gifted and Talented Leadership Camp
    • WC Schools Open Houses
    • Parent/Teacher Conference
    • TRUST (state tobacco youth program)
    • Green Dot
    • 2 Hour Tour
    • True Blue Camps
    • Medicine take-back box Locations:
      • Clay Drug Store
      • Dixon Drug Store
      • Bell’s Drug Store (Sebree)
      • Thrifty Pharmacy (Providence)
      • Providence Police Department
      • WC Sheriff’s Office
  • Public Relations
    • Website: wctrueblue.org
    • “Chatter 4 Change” Podcast Platforms:
      • Podbean
      • Spotify
      • Google Podcast
      • Amazon Music/Audible
      • Apple Podcasts (coming soon)
      • Pandora (coming soon)

Other Community Partners/Collaborations

City of Dixon

Green River District Health Department

(Regional Health Council)

Health First Community Health Center

Independence bank

Journal Enterprise

Kentucky Department for Child Based Services

Murray State University

National Faith-Based Prevention Alliance

New Beginnings

Planters Bank

River Valley Behavior Health

River Valley Prevention Center

Sebree Banner

United Community Bank

Webster County Bar Association

Webster County Community Education

Webster County Drug Court

Webster County Extension Services

Webster County Family Resource/Youth Service Centers

Webster County Fiscal Court

Webster County Food Services

Webster County Gifted and Talented

Webster County Guardian Angel Project

Webster County Health Coalition

Webster County Senior Citizens

Webster County 21st Century Programs

West KY Teen Challenge

Board Members/Sector Representatives

Health – Samantha Winebarger

Business/Parent – Wade Raymer (Dixon Elementary)

School – Rachel Gooch (Providence and Clay FRYSC)

Youth Serving Agency – Courtney Menser (YES Youth Service Center)

Natalie Green (Webster County Extension Office)

Law Enforcement – Todd Jones (Providence Police Chief/Retired KSP)

William Braden (Sebree Police Chief/Retired KSP)

Youth – Lily Martin (WCHS True Blue Crew), Tyler Kuykendall, Raygan Ranes

State/Local Government Agency Substance Abuse – Dianne McFarling, Brook Arnold (RVBH-RPC)

Media – Regina Catlett (Sebree Banner)

Religious/Fraternal Organization – Jody Hughes (Lakeview Baptist Church)

Cameron Edwards (Webb Memorial UMC)

Civic/Volunteer – Heather Roy (Murray State University and Motivating Mentors)

Other Organization for Reducing Substance Abuse – Gary Hall, Ethan Martin (Tobacco Control Specialist)

Caroline Denham (West KY Teen Challenge)

FRYSC – Melissa Wolfe (Connections FRYSC)

Local Government – Leesa Russell (The Office of Webster County Judge Executive)

Krista Massey (Webster County Drug Court)

Officers:

Melea Ramin, Chairperson

Wade Raymer, Vice Chairperson

Melissa Wolfe, Co-Secretary

Carolyn Sholar, DFC Director/District Contact, Co-Secretary

Donna Bumpus, DFC Coordinator

The mission of WC True Blue is to bring together all sectors of the community to prevent substance misuse, especially among youth.

Celebrate FREE!

Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue Coalition developed the Celebrate FREE campaign in 2019 to encourage youth and their families to enjoy their accomplishments substance-free. Prom, Senior Night, Graduation are milestone events that should be celebrated safely. Parents, monitor gatherings to assure your youth are free of unhealthy and illegal substances. The Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue Drug Free Communities program would like to remind adults that alcohol possession and/or consumption is illegal for anyone under the age of 21.

The 2021 Celebrate FREE campaign is sponsored by United Community Bank.