Health for the Harlan County community and life skills for Harlan County High School students were two projects recently discussed by members of the Harlan County High School Community Problem Solving Team at the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Held at the Portal in downtown Harlan, the problem solving team of Alisha Rhymer, Natalee Middleton, Jadyn Hughes, Brianna Epperson, Chelsey Caldwell, Alanna Cavins and coach Ginger Rice told of two projects which have won them state honors for two years in a row and allowing them to advance again this year to the International Problem Solving Competition at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan in June.
Students first addressed the project called Healthy Harlan which earned them third place in the international competition last year. The team researched the community’s health statistics, identified risks and began implementing projects to address improvements. A key component was a community health fair held at the high school last year that had numerous vendors providing a broad range of information from insurance, exercise, food and nutrition and much more.
This year, the students said they are trying to get their life skills classes at the high school expanded from what is currently offered to help students in their preparations for college and career readiness. The students said the class needs to teach students how to dress for success, how to prepare resumes and much more.
“They simply want the class to help the students learn to be able to live on their own when they go off to college,” said Rice.
“We are going to live in this world so we need to be prepared to live in it,” said Rhymer.
The team is in the final stages of fundraising to pay expenses for the Michigan trip and donations are being accepted.
The team will be presenting later this month in the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative’s education summit in Pikeville.
Chamber President Flo Asher commended the students for their work to make our community a better place to live.