The Dupree TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use) worked with their sponsoring organization, the Canli Coalition of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, to put on an anti-tobacco use themed health fair for the Dupree Elementary students.
Five of the seven TATU members, Clifton Birkeland, Malory Peacock, Erin Lemke, Emily Olsen, and Angel Anderson, were present and ran booths. The Canli Coalition provided the supplies for the booth.
Emily Olsen’s booth focused on the dangers of using chewing tobacco and she had a model of the mouth that showed what happened to teeth and tongues after extensive tobacco use. At other booths, student learned ways to handle peer pressure when offered tobacco, the dangers of vaping, the differences between traditional Lakota tobacco versus commercial tobacco, and the dangers of tobacco and what it does to your lungs and how it affects the ability to breathe well.
In addition to the health fair, the new TATU group, under the advisement of Patty Peacock, has manned tables at basketball games and is doing anti-tobacco use lessons in the 5th and 6th grade classrooms.