Monday, April 9, 2018

Three OJRMS Students Win Smoking Cessation Meme Contest

Kate Genthert, Michelle Evans, Zach Evans, Dylan Woodgate, Jacob Evans and Lindsay Smith
The Chester County Tobacco-Free Coalition (CCTFC) is a collaborative community effort dedicated to preventing the initiation of tobacco use among youth, promoting free cessation options to both youth and adults, advocating for smoke-free environments and reducing the rate of tobacco sales to youth under the age of 18 in Chester County. Members include hospitals, clinics, schools and universities, local health agencies, community organizations, government agencies and legislative representatives. Each year, CCTFC encourages middle school students to stand up, speak out and seize control over big tobacco by participating in a Kick Butts Day contest.  The coalition hosted an anti-vape meme contest for the national Kick Butts Day in both 2017 and 2018. Prior to that, they used to hold essay contests.

Three Owen J. Roberts Middle School students placed in the 2018 Kick Butts Day Meme Contest this year. Zachary Evans (7th grade), won first place. Dylan Woodgate (7th Grade), won third place and Jacob Evans (8th Grade) received Honorable Mention. The students created their poster images in Exploring Technology with Mrs. Jen Armstrong.

Chester County Tobacco Free Coalition members Kate Genthert, Prevention Specialist, Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services; Lindsay Smith, CCTFC Chair, Public Health Educator, Chester County Health Department; and Michelle Evans, BSN, RN, CTTS, Community Health Education and Outreach, Tower Health, were all on site at the Middle School today for a small award ceremony.

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