For the seventh straight year, Rockcastle County High School has been a UNITE Club of the Year. During the 2014-15 school year, the school had 125 student members of their UNITE Club.
Many of the club’s successful programs were showcased to national leaders, first through students invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli and Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers and, second, when the school hosted Botticelli, Rogers and Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer to showcase UNITE’s “On The Move” drug prevention initiative.
The club participated in a number of community outreach/mentoring activities, including:
- Traveling to Mt. Vernon Elementary to discuss the dangers of drug abuse with fourth- and fifth-grade students.
- Holding a Red Balloon Memorial launch and annual “Wipe Out Drugs” toilet paper drive for treatment facilities in conjunction with the school’s UNITE Bowl football program.
- Discussing drug-related issues and initiatives on the local radio station’s weekly talk show.
- Teaching elementary school students good decision-making skills, anti-bullying tips, promoting honesty and courtesy through their “Rocket Readers” program involving athletes who are club members.
In addition, the club hosted six speakers for school assemblies and conducted numerous in-school awareness campaigns.
The club was awarded their trophy at the March 8, 2016 Rockcastle County Board of Education meeting.