Program aims to improve students’ mental, emotional health


PADUCAH — A school district in the Local 6 area is in its first year of a program aimed at improving your child’s mental and emotional health.

Paducah Public Schools has a program in its elementary schools called Positive Action. Leaders and students tell me they believe it’s already starting to show promising results.


Abigail is an aspiring veterinarian with an avid love for cats. She’s a second-grader at Morgan Elementary.

“I like reading, and I like to be doing math and having time to go exercise,” Abigail said.

She understands that mental and emotional health are just as important as physical health.

“Ms. Withrow and everybody else has been working on positive actions. Like every morning when we come in, we’ll do simple solutions, then we’ll do positive actions,” Abigail said.

Through short, 15- to 20-minute daily lessons, the program is designed to help increase student academic achievement and decrease negative behaviors.

The program was first implemented in the fall of 2017. As the school system approaches the end of the school year, Assistant Superintendent Will Black says they’re already seeing positive results.

“The kids are able to, again, make better choices based on being empowered with tools to be able to make better choices,” Black said.

Abigail knows it’s a tough world out there.

“I don’t like people bullying, because it can cause people to be really mad,” she said.

Abigail believes the positive action skills she and her friends here at school are learning will help them throughout life.

“It teaches people that, when you take care of yourself, you can take care of others when they need help,” she said.

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