UNITE coalition holds celebration dinner

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

MT. VERNON, Ky. (WYMT) - Hundreds of people showed their support for students involved in Unite Clubs Thursday night at the Rockcastle Community Awareness and UNITE Club Celebration.

The dinner honored students and community leaders in Rockcastle and Bell County for fighting against drugs in their community.

This is the first year students of Page School Center of Bell County have had their own UNITE Club.

The 42 students were guests at Thursday's Rockcastle County's Community Awareness and Unite Club celebration.

“It’s a celebration of everything that's happened in our county as we've united against substance abuse,” said Nancy Hale of the Rockcastle UNITE Coalition.

The dinner included a guest speaker, and special music, but it also included a guest performance from the Page Students.

“We heard the song and I said, well what is it that we're fighting against here in Bell County and Rockcastle County. All the kids agreed that we're fighting the drug issue,” said music teacher, Thomasa Risner.

The students turned a song from the civil rights movement into one about their fight against drugs.

“It was really fun to rewrite the song. We rewrote some of the stuff talking about what the song was about, and then we just made it our own,” said student, Sabrina Parks.

And like Sabrina, the song is personal for many of the students.

“It just means a lot to me, this song, because it really speaks to me because most of my family on my dad's sad at some time been hooked on drugs,” said Sabrina.

Rockcastle students and the audience joined in singing as well as the continued fight against drugs.

The dinner is also a chance for people to volunteer with operation unite.

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