River Valley students take a ‘STAND’


By Morgan McKinniss - mmckinniss@civitasmedia.com



Pictured is the Kick Butts Display at the entrance to River Valley High School


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Students from River Valley’s Stand program, from left, Jessie Steele, Emily Adkins, Bev Hess, Harrison Luckeydoo, Gavin Shadle, Jack Swisher, Jarret Mc Carley, Program Director Susan Swisher, Social Worker Jill Cox, and Volunteer Valerie Weaver.


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BIDWELL — Students are taking a stand against smoking.

Last week, students in the STAND program at River Valley High School, participated in “Kick Butts Day” in order to raise awareness of the harms of tobacco. They participated by assembling a cup display in the fence at the entrance to the school.

“Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against big tobacco,” Tessa Queen, teacher at River Valley, said.

As public awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco abuse increase, programs like STAND have come about in order to educate the youth regarding those effects. The display was to remind students of the dangers of tobacco abuse.

The STAND program is operated by the Gallia County Health Department and is managed by Susan Swisher, and their slogan is STAND up and speak out against tobacco. Its function is to help increase the public’s knowledge of the dangers of cigarette tobacco among the youth of Gallia.

“Our goal is to prevent underage abuse of tobacco in order to prevent adults that are addicted and cannot stop,” Queen said. “It’s one thing for an adult to knowingly smoke tobacco, but it’s not okay for our youth to start using and then have the hardship and struggle of quitting.”

STAND uses activities like the Kick Butts Day in order to prevent underage smoking. If you are interested in learning more about the Kick Butts Day, you can visit kickbuttsday.org

If you are interested in learning more about the STAND program, contact Susan Swisher at the Gallia County Health Office at 740-441-2018.

Pictured is the Kick Butts Display at the entrance to River Valley High School
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/03/web1_DSC_0073-1.jpgPictured is the Kick Butts Display at the entrance to River Valley High School Morgan McKinniss/Tribune

Students from River Valley’s Stand program, from left, Jessie Steele, Emily Adkins, Bev Hess, Harrison Luckeydoo, Gavin Shadle, Jack Swisher, Jarret Mc Carley, Program Director Susan Swisher, Social Worker Jill Cox, and Volunteer Valerie Weaver.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/03/web1_GroupPicRVHS-1.jpgStudents from River Valley’s Stand program, from left, Jessie Steele, Emily Adkins, Bev Hess, Harrison Luckeydoo, Gavin Shadle, Jack Swisher, Jarret Mc Carley, Program Director Susan Swisher, Social Worker Jill Cox, and Volunteer Valerie Weaver. Courtesy

By Morgan McKinniss

mmckinniss@civitasmedia.com

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 or mmckinniss@civitasmedia.com

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 or mmckinniss@civitasmedia.com