Two Clay County Schools receive $6,000 for efforts in ‘Take 1 for the Team’ campaign

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Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 3:38 PM EDT
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MANCHESTER, Ky. (WYMT) - Representatives from the ‘Take 1 for the Team’ COVID-19 vaccination campaign, sponsored by Volunteers of America Mid-States, and the Kentucky Association of Health Plans, presented $6,000 checks to both Clay County High School and Paces Creek Elementary on Thursday.

“It’s just a great thing and a great feeling and I’m just tickled to death to be a part of that,” said Randy Craft, Community Development Coordinator for Advent Health.

The vaccination campaign has been taking place across Clay County for several months. To increase vaccination rates, a competition was created among Clay County Schools to see which school could bring in the most vaccination participants.

“It’s really been a good partnership and I feel like we have reached a broader segment of the population by visiting the different schools in the county and various schools and industries,” said Christie Green, Public Health Director for the Cumberland Valley District Health Department.

Out of the district, Clay County High School and Paces Creek Elementary were the top two schools with the most vaccinated students, staff, and community members.

“It’s awesome, I mean that’s what our community needs to do right now so we can get back to normal, as possible for everyone and anything we can do to help impact that is just a great feeling, said James Gray, Principal at Paces Creek Elementary School.

This money can be used toward extracurriculars or any urgent needs.

“Well, it’s great. It’s great for our community but more importantly, it’s for our staff and students here in Clay County in order to make sure that they get vaccinated,” said William Sexton, Clay County Schools Superintendent.

The next vaccination opportunity for Clay Countians will take place at Liberty Church Saturday, November 6.

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