GRAVES COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - Mayfield and Graves County high school students recently attended the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Leadership Conference in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Their goal was to learn new ways and make more connections to implement drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs in their schools and community. CADCA, according to its web site, "is a national membership organization representing more than 5,000 coalitions and affiliates working to make America's communities safe, healthy and drug-free."
The Mayfield students belong to the Pure Cardinal Club and the Graves County students belong to Students Taking On a Promise – "STOP."
They joined students and teachers from other, similar organizations across the country. They also met with representatives for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to discuss what they already are doing in their schools and how legislators can help them further their goals.
Here, the group poses with U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., at his office inside the Russell Senate Building in the nation's capital. Pictured are, from left, (front row) GCHS student Courtney Williams, MHS student Analiece Brook, MHS student Alvaro Say, GCHS student Kelsey Chappell, and GCHS teacher Alex Miller. From left, (back row) are MHS student Gavin Sloan, MHS teacher Vanessa Fisher, GCHS student Marcie Williams, Senator Paul, MHS student Daisy Ramirez, GCHS student Dakota Ray, and Lauren Carr, project coordinator of the Graves County Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention.