Amanda Lovern’s Story

Amanda Lovern’s Story

My name is Amanda Lovern and I serve with AmeriCorps for Operation UNITE. The mission of the UNITE Service Corps (USC) is to address the urgent need in Eastern Kentucky schools to educate students in the area of mathematics, illegal drug use and substance abuse, and healthy futures. I recently collaborated with the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition and received pedometers for my fourth and fifth grade students at Bevins Elementary located in Sidney, KY. I always encourage my students to make the right choices and try to guide them in the right direction. I, myself, recently have taken up the hobby of “running”. It’s more of a “survival jog” not much of a run, but I’m getting there. So, instead of telling students to walk around and count your steps, we focus on walking as a healthy alternative of drug use. Students are pressured daily to engage in unhealthy and dangerous activities. I feel as if I am doing them, my students, an injustice if I do not take responsibility and show them how to live a healthy life. The program started on April 20, 2015 and in the first day alone students walked collectively 20,000 steps! That’s over 10 miles! I created the program called, “Walk Away From Drugs!” The students have responded well to the program and are eager to continue!

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