Stop V Introduces 'Too Good for Drugs' Program to Middlesboro Elementary Second Graders

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Evelyn Bailey working with a student to fill out her Too Good For Drugs workbook.

Middlesboro, KY – Second grade students at Middlesboro Elementary School recently completed  a program called “Too Good for Violence.” This innovative curriculum is designed to promote  character values, social-emotional skills, and healthy beliefs in elementary and middle school  students.  

The program, provided by Stop V (also known as Stop School Violence), a place-based  partnership through Partners for Rural Impact, emphasizes the importance of socialization,  connection, and cooperation in fostering healthy relationships and advocating for one’s needs.  Key skills include identifying and managing emotions, effective communication, and peer  bonding. 

 With nearly three decades of experience as an educator and school counselor, Evelyn Bailey,  Stop V Program Director, is deeply committed to enhancing the educational experience of  today’s youth by integrating social and emotional learning opportunities. Recognizing the vital  role of such initiatives, Bailey has dedicated her career to empowering students with the skills  they need to thrive in an ever-changing world.  

“Interpersonal skills such as self-awareness and social awareness are crucial for a child’s holistic  development,” said Bailey. “Throughout the course, students engage in activities aimed at  developing and refining these skills, promoting participation, listening, and engagement.”  

The comprehensive TGFV curriculum equips students with the insight, understanding, and social  awareness necessary for navigating various social encounters. These skills are instrumental in  guiding appropriate behavior, forming meaningful connections, and resolving conflicts.  

“On the first day of class, I asked the students to raise their hands if they could read and do  math,” explained Bailey. “They all eagerly raised their hands. But then, I emphasized to them  that while those skills are important, I wanted to teach them something more – something that  would truly set them up for success.”  

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Ms. Walker and a her student having fun working the workbook.
A group of elementary students pose for a photo in classroom
Students at MES having fun choosing which superhero they are as part of their Too Good For Drugs program.

The session was taught by Bailey and co-worker, Veronica Hurd, Stop V School Safety  Coordinator to all four second grade classrooms. 

Ms. Lacey Walker’s class witnessed the emotional impact of the program as one student tearfully  expressed reluctance to reach the last page of the workbook.  

“I looked over and saw one of my students crying and immediately asked her what was wrong,”  said Walker. “She looked up at me and said it was because she didn’t want it to be the last page  in our book because that meant it was over.”  

In Mrs. Amy Baker’s class, a student approached Hurd with a heartfelt confession.  

“I have been saying mean things to my friends,” said the second-grade student. “But I am trying  hard to do better now.” 

Stop V remains committed to empowering students with the skills they need to thrive  academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition to the TGFV program, Bailey and Hurd have  conducted programs at all three Middlesboro Independent Schools to reduce violence and  increase positive proactive behaviors which creates a culture of school safety.

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