CHS leads the way for drug-free pledges in Pickaway

Circleville Herald By Jennifer Bahney

CIRCLEVILLE — One-third of the entire student body at Circleville High School (CHS) has joined “Club Future,” the school’s chapter of the Drug Free Clubs of America. That means that around 200 students have pledged to remain drug free for the school year, and they took their initial drug screening tests on Wednesday to prove it.

“Our original goal was only 50 kids,” said Circleville High School Principal Chris Thornsley. “We brought a group of about 12 kids together last winter to pitch the idea, and one of the goals the kids set was to be the biggest club at Circleville High School. They’ve definitely achieved their goal.”

Heather McGowan with Drug Free Clubs of America in Cincinnati called CHS “trailblazers” for being the first high school in Pickaway County to get involved with the program. She said that all high schools in Ross County are now involved.

“For a smaller school, 20 percent of the student body is great for the first year, and CHS has 30 percent, so it’s really amazing,” she said.

Principal Thornsley said he would like to challenge Pickaway County’s other public high schools to get involved in a friendly competition.

“Now that I know the success and how important it is for our kids, it would be great to have it in all four county schools where we can compete against each other to see who has the most members,” he said.


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