A handful of volunteers from Branson and Forsyth Junior High Schools and area Boy Scout troops celebrated National Kick Butts Day a little early this year with a walk. As they traveled from Branson Landing to Stockstill Park the group picked up cigarette butts. National Kick Butts Day is March 20.
“By the time they got to our facility, it was apparent the kids were surprised by how many cigarette butts they had already collected,” explains Michelle Leroux, Media Relations Specialist, Cox Medical Center Branson. “As a non-smoking facility, we appreciate their work to raise awareness of the health risks of first-hand and second-hand smoke.”
The students are part of anti-tobacco clubs at school. For the past six years the Taney County Health Department has sponsored anti-tobacco clubs for junior high students in the Forsyth and Branson Schools.
The students want to help reduce tobacco used among their peers in the community. The clubs began with the goal of empowering their peers and others to never start using tobacco. The clubs promote national events such as Kick Butts Day and the Great American Smokeout.
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