Sheldon Clark students participate in Kick Butt Day

April 15th, 2010 by mike Leave a reply »

April 14, 2010, Inez, Kentucky - The Tobacco Control Program of the Martin County Health Department would like to recognize the L.I.N.K.S. Youth and Family Resource Center at Sheldon Clark High School for their school’s participation in Kick Butts Day. Especially Mr. Baldridge’s first period AP European history class for winning the school wide competition by collecting the most amount of canned food items.

Kick Butts Day is a national day set aside each year to encourage smokers to kick the smoking habit.

Each of the school’s Family Resource Centers was invited to encourage each classroom to collect canned food items to be donated to local food pantries.  Each can was to be labeled with health facts regarding tobacco use or the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.  The class in each school with the greatest number of canned food items could win a pizza party sponsored by the Martin County Health Department.

The Director of the LINKS FRC, Terri Simpkins was very instrumental in getting the word out to students and faculty about the Kick Butts Day competition.

The class that won was Mr. Baldridge’s first period AP European history class.  Mr. Baldridge reported the students enjoyed the assignment and learned a great deal about the harmful effects of tobacco.  One student learned about third hand smoke for the first time.  Mrs. Simpkins reported she was able to use some of the food almost immediately to help a family in need.  Two good things were accomplished, students learned, and a family had food to eat because of the effort of these 27 tremendous students and one outstanding instructor, and one committed resource center director.

The Martin County Health Department is looking forward to work again with the county’s Family Resources Centers in November for the Great American Smoke-Out.

The Great American Smoke-Out is held in November each year.  The focus of the event is to get smokers to stop smoking for 24 hours.  A pizza party for the winning classroom in each school would be just as tasty in November as it was last week.  Details of the competition will be released in October to the center directors.

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