Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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National Take Down Tobacco Day

National Take Down Tobacco Day was April 1, 2021 and the Dupree JH/HS TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use) Group celebrated by teaching younger students about the dangers of various tobacco products (cigarettes, vapes, and chewing tobacco), as well as helping them think of ways to say no when products are offered to them, and they did a big bulletin board in the hallway where everyone crosses during the day. The DHS TATU, advised by Mrs. Patty Peacock, did presentations in the 5th grade classrooms (using an online KAHOOT game they made and went through with the students with prizes going to the top three winners in each room) and role playing how to handle peer pressure when offered vaping pens or cigarettes. The group also did presentations in the 1st and 2nd grade classrooms. When working with the lower elementary, the TATU group played a story (partially done in Lakota) that the Missouri Break Coalition had published and produced and then went over 1st, 2nd, and 3rd hand smoke with the students as well as explaining what vaping is and sharing the dangers involved with those and cigarettes and chew. TATU members also role-played ways that the young kids could ask the relatives they care about to stop using and ways that they can turn down offers to try the tobacco products. After the presentations in the 1st and 2nd grade rooms, the TATU members passed out copies of the storybook, pamphlets, and child size masks that say ‘I can breathe’ on them. The products were compliments of the Missouri Breaks Anti-Tobacco Coalition. The Dupree members of the TATU group are: Shayna Farlee, Malory Peacock, Taralyn Rudloff, Trinity Leithauser, Cassidy Farlee, Dalis Dupree, Erin Lemke, Maverick Lemke, Wyatt Lemke, Taylor Peterson, Emily Olsen, Daci Lends His Horse, Lexi Gage, and Alliyah Hiserote.

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