School Officials Encourage Pregnant Teens To Stay In School

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

The recent revelation that vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's daughter, 17 year old Bristol Palin, is pregnant, raised awareness about the issue of teen pregnancy.

It's something that many girls here in eastern Kentucky deal with everyday.

Officials in one school system are doing everything they can to make sure those girls get an education.

Getting ready to have a baby while going to high school is not easy.

“I thought it would be easier but it is kind of hard, dealing with the morning sickness, and then having to get ready for school, being really tired. It does get kind of hard,” Verdie Fee said.

The 17 year old Bell County High School student is due to give birth in April.

By then, she hopes to have her high school diploma, thanks to an alternative learning course. Bell County School administrators say about 20 of their students are either pregnant or already mothers.

Many of them have dropped out.

“That sacrifice of coming back another year, or another two years, get that basic diploma where they an further themselves, is really going to benefit them and their children,” Marcy Hayden said.

Tuesday they threw a baby shower of sorts, to show support.

Along with the support, they're giving away some freebies, like booster seats, and baby necessities bag with everything from a sippie cup to a blanket.

Fee has always wanted to be a massage therapist.

“I know having a baby now might slow it down, but I'm going to do what I want to do, still got my eye on the prize,” Fee said.

A prize school administrators say will be much more attainable with an education.

The Bell County School System's efforts are made possible by federal grant.

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