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Operation UNITE officials unveil new programs

MANCHESTER, Ky. (WYMT) - Operation UNITE officials unveiled the "Hope Wall" and the "On the Move" mobile drug education classroom during a ceremony at the EKU Manchester campus on Friday.

Rebecca Campbell is celebrating 29 months of sobriety. That is something she says is not an easy accomplishment.

"You've hid behind your addiction. It's a challenge to do every day living, but the thing about it is it's possible, I'm living proof," said Campbell.

Campbell and many others are recognized on the "Hope Wall." Other officials were at the ceremony and say the wall will serve as a symbol of what is possible.

"It has two focuses. One, it shows there are people who are out there who have had successes and shows that to individuals who may be wondering if they can. Secondly, for those people who have had those successes, it's positive reinforcement to them," said Senator Robert Stivers of the 25th District.

Operation UNITE officials also unveiled the mobile drug education classroom which is designed to show students the dangers of drug use and impaired driving.

The mobile classroom, which is part of UNITE'S "on the move" program, will have hands on activities for elementary, middle and high school students. The activities will display the dangers of drug use and impaired driving through interactive lessons, such as the use "fatal vision" goggles while attempting to drive tricycles.

"It's a chance for young people across the state of Kentucky, particularly my district, to experience the dangers of drunk driving or impaired driving and of course the use of drugs," said U.S. Representative Hal Rogers of the 5th District.

The hope wall and the mobile classroom will be traveling to schools throughout the 5th Congressional District in September.

Operation UNITE is in its 10th year. The next phase of the "On the Move" program will be revealed in October.

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