Faculty from the College of Health Sciences have partnered with Madison Central High School, Madison County Health Department, Madison County Safety Coalition, and the Kentucky State Police to plan and conduct a weeklong safety program at Madison Central High School this semester. The program, ReThink Spring Break, is focused on many health and safety issues of high school students as they go on spring break.
Partnerships with the College of Justice and Safety, the Office of Highway Safety, KY MADD, and the Madison County Area Substance Abuse Policy Board have been instrumental in the preparation for the event.
The Department of Health Promotion and Administration and the Department of Baccalaureate & Graduate Nursing have worked closely with Mary Ann Haynes, the Family Resource and Youth Services Director of Madison Central to plan multiple programs during the week to focus on teen safety and to reach out to parents with information about these issues. Madison Central High School initiated this week of safety programs to enhance the well-being of their student population.
Faculty and students of the Department of Health Promotion and Administration will conduct a safety fair on Monday, March 25, 2013, to kick off the week. They have planned informational booths to address such issues as road safety, tattoo safety, and electronic media safety. It is a daylong event in which the entire school will participate.
Faculty and students of the Department of Baccalaureate & Graduate Nursing will conduct an impaired driver prevention program, Ghost Out, on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. The focus of this program is to prevent drunk and drugged driving by teens and preventing teens from riding with an impaired driver. This program is a collaborative effort with faculty and students from the College of Justice and Safety who are supporting the program through their participation during the event and with funding for equipment.
Kentucky State Police and the Office of Highway Safety will implement a vehicular and drug safety day on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Different exhibits will promote safe driving, seat belt use, and avoidance of drug use by teens.
Faculty and students of Madison Central High School will dramatize the dangers of issues such as underage drinking in short plays to be presented to the student population throughout the day on Friday, March 29, 2013. The planning committee recommended this strategy to portray these health and safety concerns to students by their peers.
This effort is a community partnership to address current dangers to teen safety and the choices teens and parents can make to improve their health and safety. ReThink Spring Break is the first program of this type to be conducted in Madison County high schools.