• Rotary Year: 2018-2019
  • Application Date: 5/31/2018
  • Club Name (Primary): Martinsville UpTown
  • Club Name 2: Martinsville-Henry County
  • Project Name: Too Good for Drugs
  • Project Total Cost: $6,000.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $3,000.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: Too Good for Drugs is an alcohol, tobacco, and other illicit drug prevention program designed to develop (1) resistance skills towards drugs, (2) goal-setting, decision-making, assertiveness, and communication skills, (3) knowledge about the negative consequences of drug use and benefits of being drug-free, and (4) knowledge about the prevalence of drug use in comparison to perceptions. The interactive lessons are delivered by trained program instructors during the school day at all Martinsville-Henry County middle schools in a 40-50 minute lesson once a week over ten weeks.

    During lessons, students participate in role-play activities, cooperative learning, games and discussions. Students receive recognition for their involvement and contributions to the lessons.

    As a way to bring attention to the program and the community’s conversations on the dangers of drugs, a well know author’s book from The Courage to Speak Foundation will be distributed to middle schools and their parents. A news release on this author will be sent out as well to regional media outlets.
  • Expected Start Date: 9/3/2018
  • Expected End Date: 4/26/2019
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 3100
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: The Too Good for Drugs program is a 10-session classroom program for middle school students designed to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors relating to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. In comparison to students who did not receive Too Good for Drugs, research has shown that students who participated:

    • decreased intentions to smoke cigarettes by 33%.
    • decreased intentions to drink alcohol by 38%.
    • decreased intentions to smoke marijuana by 25%.

    The gateway drugs (alcohol, tobacco and marijuana) are the drugs that are the focus of prevention services year in and year out. Currently, though, prevention also is targeting Rx drugs and other opioids because of the deadly consequences in our area and across the country. Martinsville had the highest rate of Opiates prescribed in the nation and has been among the highest rates for overdose deaths many months in the past several years.

    Knowing that gateway drugs can be the start of the path to this deadly drug use, we would like to support Piedmont Community Services’ Too Good for Drugs substance abuse prevention education program.
  • Expected Total Project Volunteer Hours: 20
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Rotarian activities will consist of three parts: (1) Working directly with Piedmont Community Services to help deliver Too Good for Drugs program to each middle school (and their parents) in Martinsville-Henry County, such as, but not limited to, role-playing, cooperative learning, games and discussions; and (2) Working with Piedmont Community Services to promote and volunteer during the presentation. Upon the conclusion of this reading, we will giveaway this book for students to take home.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: We will send out a media announcement asking the media to attend a formal check presentation to Piedmont Community Services with prepared remarks on the importance of this initiative. We also will be recognized publicly at all presentations and one of our Rotarians who is a public relations practitioner will interview Ms. Katz by phone and send out a news release about her story. In this news release Rotary’s involvement will be spotlighted, including quotes from each club’s president.

    Additionally, we will post on social media photos and updates capturing Rotarians’ interacting and coaching the local students throughout the program.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Piedmont Community Services
  • Letter(s) of Participation: PCS letter of support.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget Upload.See uploaded budget
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee uploaded budget
  • Budget Upload: Martinsville Coll Revised Budget - Too Good for Drugs Budget (1).xls, Too Good for Drugs Budget.xls
  • Primary Contact Name: Kim Adkins
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: Chair, Project Steering Committee, Martinsville Uptown
  • Primary Contact Email: kimberly.adkins@carterbankandtrust.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 276.252.2679
  • Financial Contact Name: Brandon Martin
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Treasurer, Martinsville Uptown Rotary
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    P. O. Box 3301
    Martinsville, VA 24112
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  • Financial Contact Email: b_martin@comcast.net
  • Financial Contact Phone: 276.632.5754
  • Project Authorization Form: Project Authorization Letter.pdf
  • Grant Number1819C-03
  • Grant Award$3,000.00