Bullitt Central earns award for youth safety

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 Students and staff at Bullitt Central High School have earned a state award thanks to their focus on youth safety.

The Steve Kimberling Youth Leadership in School Safety Award will be presented to drama teacher Kevin Gose, Youth Service Center Coordinator Tonia Wiggins and students Anastasia Bell, Dalton Lee, Brandon Woodward, Kallen Juric, Rebecca Ralston, Devin Smith, Amber Hardesty, Allison Greer, Sierra Harvey, Evan McDaniel, Max Steck, Marissa Kayes, Isabella Browner, Corey Stearman and Ava Cooper during the Safe Schools and Communities Conference luncheon June 10th at the Marriott in Louisville.

The school will also receive a $500 check.

“Congratulations for this award and for what you do to address real student safety issues through drama,” said district Safe Schools Coordinator Jaime Goldsmith, who nominated the program for the award.

“Drama is an academic course offered at Bullitt Central High School,” Gose explained. “A core group of students make up the Drama Team and I collaborate with Mrs. Wiggins to put on a play that address issues regarding student safety.”

“Kevin and Tonia conduct research to find the playwright to use and investigate funding to support the production,” added Goldsmith.

In the 2010-2011 school year the team performed Don’t u Luv Me? a play about teen dating violence and Bang Bang You’re Dead, a play about the consequences of violent crime.

During the 2011-2012 school year the team performed Alky, a play about the dangers of underage drinking as well as drinking and driving.

In March 2013, the team performed Remembering Grace, a play about the long term consequences of texting and driving and written by Kevin Gose.

“Many of the students are leaders in the school’s Students Against Drunk Driving club and some have been selected as the community Partners in Prevention VIP (Very Important Partner) poster candidates for their dedication to live alcohol, tobacco and drug free lives,” Goldsmith said. “The drama team puts on a powerful performance that engages students and causes them to reflect on the choices they make each day that can place themselves and others at risk.”

“The drama team has impacted the students in a positive way,” Wiggins added. “The students involved feel empowered and motivated by the ability they have to evoke emotion in others through their performance while also making a statement that motivates some to change their behavior. The school culture has also been impacted due the communication among students and staff regarding these important safety issues and their impact on student life.”

Bullitt County Public Schools has over 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 850 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.