Students are making their playground tobacco free, and also making certain that the entire community understands that their school is a tobacco free zone. That means no smoking or presence of any tobacco products, inside and out.
It started with five Rose M Gaffney students being exasperated at continually finding cigarette butts on the elementary school playground. They formed the One Voice group and set about to do something about it.
First they presented an interactive tobacco prevention workshop for the whole student body. In addition, the made presentations and leadership summits for two years and are planning community information sessions for parents and neighbors regarding the tobacco free campus policies.
The group was selected as the Anti-Tobacco Youth Group of the Year by the Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Maine. Soon they will be posting signs that designate the campus as tobacco free, alerting the community and visitors.
The students were surprised and excited by the award, according to their advisor, Shannon Micklus.