Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. This year, Kick Butts Day will be recognized Wednesday.
Reality Check coordinators from Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery counties will attend Canajoharie's Family Fun Day on March 29 to educate the adults and youth on tobacco use and marketing tactics taken by Big Tobacco. An "Airing Big Tobacco's Dirty Laundry" activity will be set up at our table for the youth to participate in. Youth will have an opportunity to create T-shirts that are symbolic of their beliefs about tobacco marketing and use, and its effects on them, their families and those they care about. Students will then be able to display their T-shirts throughout the school and use this visual message for students, faculty and staff to see.
It is vital for our youth to be educated on tobacco use and have a solid understanding on how the tobacco industry can be manipulative and encourage others to stand up against the scourge of the tobacco industry. Canajoharie's SADD group also will collect non-perishable food items at the event. Reality Check youth will use the items to display the number 70. This number represents how many New Yorkers die each day from a tobacco-related illness.
Last year on March 20, 2013, thousands of youth in every state and around the world took action against Big Tobacco on the largest Kick Butts Day in five years. Let's keep this momentum going in 2014 - our work isn't done yet.
Reality Check encourages all schools in Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery counties to participate in Kick Butts Day. It's a great opportunity for the students to become involved by standing up to Big Tobacco. If you would like more information on this event or would like Reality Check to visit your school, call Sarah or Shauna at 762-8313.
SHAUNA SITTS, program coordinator,
Reality Check, Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties