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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Auctions raise scholarship money
DRIFT — The Kentucky River District Health Department recently raised more than $3,200 for scholarships for teen leaders who are members of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition.

Two on-air auctions were made possible by WKCB in Hindman and WIFX in Whitesburg, each of which set aside three hours of air time for the events, and by the owners of dozens of local businesses, who donated auction items.

High school teen leaders from six counties — Knott, Letcher, Perry, Wolfe, Owsley and Lee — volunteer their time to visit area seventh-grade classrooms, where they help teach an abstinence-based curriculum with the goal of stopping teen pregnancy.

"If we reach just one boy or girl, it's worth it," said Jewell Blair, a Knott County health educator. "Teen pregnancy is a serious problem here, just like it is all over the U.S." Blair continues the education program into the eighth and ninth grades.

Blair works on the prevention program with Brandi Cook in Letcher County and supervisor Renee Neace in Hazard.

The scholarship money for the teen leaders will be divided among several deserving students, and the winners announced during high school awards night presentations. Final decisions on the recipients have not been made yet, Blair said.

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