DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Education at its regular meeting Monday recognized student efforts to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse.
“This is the fourth year the prescription drug abuse student task force has been actively planning events and programs to share at their schools with their peers,” said Director of Communications, Instructional Media and Teacher Quality Sonia Dickerson. She explained the group designated March as the Surry County School System Prescription Drug Awareness month.
Dickerson said throughout the month, the students displayed posters in their schools, asked students to sign pledge cards, gave away PDA bracelets, and made Alert Now messages. Some schools participated in spirit week events such as “Put a Cap on Prescription Drugs” or “Be a Hero Against Prescription Drug Abuse.” She said nine high school students planned and performed assemblies for all four county high schools. In addition, some of the middle school students held assemblies at their schools.
“They have taken their role on the student task force very seriously and for that, they should be commended,” Dickerson said. “In a time when Surry County ranks fourth in North Carolina for substance abuse related deaths, the work of this task force is very important.”
Dickerson also recognized Anita Hull, school nurse, and Brittany Jeffries, school counselor, for their assistance and Frankie Andrews, who traveled with the students to the high schools for the assemblies. Students present for recognition included Taylor Cochran, Bryson Moody, Michela Coppola, Austin Haymore, Paige Sizemore, Dixie Fulk, Stephanie Simpson, Callie Willard, Abby Key, Nicole Hernandez, Colton Hodges, Salem Poindexter, Jackson Gates, Jacob White, Jonathan Bobbit, Sydney Atkins, Hettie freed and Kaylie Freed.
Wide Area Network engineer David Brown was honored by the board for his service as president of the North Carolina Educational Technicians for the 2013-2014 school year. Dickerson said Brown led the organization which represents technicians at all 115 school systems and charter systems. The organization provides technical support, professional development and a means of networking in diverse working environments.
“David’s excellence is not just a Surry County Schools secret as he was elected by his peers to serve as the organization’s president,” said Dickerson. “We are proud of all that David Brown does in Surry County, but he is also a leader at the state level and should be commended for his commitment for helping the children of North Carolina achieve success.”
Central Middle School Reciptionist Gaye Cooke was named as Surry County Schools Employee of the Month by Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves.
“It’s a pleasure to visit Central Middle with Mrs. Cooke to greet you,” said Reeves. “In the words of her coworkers who nominated her, she is always smiling, positive, energetic and friendly. No matter what the day may bring she handles it with grace. Let me tell you as well. We learned the receptionist is one person who is the hardest to surprise.” Cooke received a $50 gift certificate from Simmons Nissan.
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