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Kick Butts DayRed Ribbon WeekTobacco Free ParksCelebration on the Hill#reACT

Kick Butts Day

Kick Butts Day is a day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up, and take back control from Big Tobacco. To find out more about Kick Butts Day, visit: www.kickbuttsday.org. If you want to take on a Kick Butts Day activity, let us know at HS@gallatin.mt.gov.

Check out a past example of Kick Butts Day activities where 7th graders from Monforton School spent part of an afternoon picking up cigarette butts from Kirk Park in Bozeman.  Click here to learn more…

 

 

Monforton Leadership

Monforton Leadership reACTor records a radio advertisement for Kick Butts Day.

 

Belgrade High School students

Belgrade High School students reACT against corporate tobacco’s efforts that target teens. They are #NotAReplacement for the 1,400 Montanans who die each year from tobacco use.

Want to join the fun?

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Red Ribbon Week Door Decorating Contest

YOLO. Be Drug Free

“You Only Live Once. Be Drug Free.” was the theme of this year’s Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31, 2016. Red Ribbon Week encourages communities to educate youth and participate in drug prevention activities. Students at Monforton School took the challenge and held a door decorating contest outside of their classrooms.

First place winners were Miss Martin’s class:

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7th grade participants came in second:

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Third place went to 6th graders in Mrs. Schreuder’s class:

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Red Ribbon Campaign™ is sponsored by the National Family Partnership, a national leader in drug prevention and education advocacy. For more information, go to http://redribbon.org/.

Each year in October, Gallatin County youth are invited to compete in a door decorating contest for Red Ribbon Week. Please see contest details here.

Check out past examples of winning entries.

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Local Teens Advocate for Tobacco-Free Parks

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 Monforton Middle School’s Leadership Class understands the environmental, social, and health complications caused by tobacco use, and want to create a healthier community by advocating for a tobacco-free parks policy.  Not only would tobacco-free parks protect the environment, they would encourage healthy choices among youth, and support those who have made the difficult decision to quit.

“We will change the parks so our friends aren’t influenced to start” says Marley Davis, a 7th grader at Monforton School.  In Montana, over 1,600 residents (the population of Three Forks) die each year due to their own smoking.  If tobacco use continues at the current rate, over 19,000 Montana kids, who are now under age 18, will ultimately die prematurely from smoking.

Please support their initiative by completing their short survey and signing the petition for tobacco-free parks.

Check out their presentation they shared with Bozeman Parks and Recreation Staff

 

Click here to take the survey Click here to sign the petition

 

 

Celebration on the Hill

Celebration on the Hill is an opportunity for Montana teens to educate legislators in the state of Montana about the deadly consequences of tobacco use and Corporate Tobacco’s practices targeting youth.  Teens travel to the Montana Legislature in Helena, MT to learn more about the problems related to tobacco in our state, and the legislative process for tackling these issues.  Students learn how to speak with legislators, and then later have the opportunity to sit down with their local legislators and educate/influence their decision making. This is a fantastic opportunity for students interested in leadership development, or youth with a passion for making significant change in the health of their community.

Aiden F. discusses e-cigarette legislation and tobacco marketing techniques aimed at youth with Senator Hinkle during the 2015 Montana Legislature.

Aiden F. discusses e-cigarette legislation and tobacco marketing techniques aimed at youth with Senator Hinkle during the 2015 Montana Legislature.

#reACT is Montana’s teen-led movement to protect our generation’s health and freedom from tobacco.

“Students are tremendously loyal. If you catch them, they’ll stick with you like glue.” -Memo from Phillip Morris Tobacco

Corporate tobacco spends millions of $$$ in Montana to target teens. They advertise where teens shop most; convenience stores. Below are images of industry advertising in Gallatin County retail stores. To learn more about Corporate Tobacco’s advertising strategies and solutions check out the Montana Tobacco Retail Mapper.(http://dphhs.mt.gov/Portals/85/Documents/MTUPPapp/index.html).

Don’t vape, wear a cape!

Students at Sacajawea Middle School created a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of vaping.

Watch video here.

Belgrade High School Students Speak Out Against Tobacco Use