Page School Center fourth through sixth, seventh and eighth grade UNITE clubs won the UNITE Club of the Year awards in their respective divisions. The school held an event to announce the news on Monday.
“You’ve done something that no school in our area has ever done,” said Coalition Coordinator Tom Vicini. “We’ve been doing this for eight years and never before has a school won two awards in the same year.”
The Page UNITE clubs were started last year with the help of UNITE Service Corps member Alisha Lewis. There were over 200 students from grades four through eight that joined the club. Those students who joined took a drug free pledge and united together to be a positive force in their communities, according to program director Nancy Hale.
“They are heroes,” said Hale about the students who joined the UNITE club. “They have chosen to be drug free. They are choosing to develop those healthy attitudes.”
“They are choosing to be an example for their peers, their families and their neighbors,” said Hale. “They are choosing to serve others.”
Hale said the students conducted food drives, collected soda tabs for the Ronald McDonald House and inspired other coalition to be active.
During the event, Hale also offered a story about how drugs have affected her personal life. She said nine years ago her son was arrested in Lexington for drugs.
Hale said her son made good choices growing up prior to his drug addiction. He made a 32 on the ACT, was captain of the football team, led his team to the state championship game, led the state in touchdown receptions and was the president of several clubs.
Hale said her son got hooked on drugs after having several shoulder surgeries. At the time he had a full scholarship playing football at Georgetown College.
“He lost a lot,” said Hale.
Hale said her son ended up spending time in jail and rehab. He is now an attorney in Macon, Ga.
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