Phoenixville students partner with community to participate in Kick Butts Day

PHOENIXVILLE — On March 20, students across the United States participated in Kick Butts Day, a youth initiative, drawing attention to the dangers of tobacco use. Students from the Teens Against Tobacco Use Club from the Phoenixville Area Middle School joined their peers nationwide as they participated in several local activities to support tobacco-free living.

For the second year running, the TATU Club partnered with the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, Phoenixville Branch in the “Take the Challenge – Exchange Your Tobacco for Free Exercise Sessions” promotion. The middle school students created the posters and the tobacco drop-off boxes for the YMCA to use during the days surrounding Kick Butts Day. Through March 22, the YMCA will offer free exercise sessions for all who wish to deposit their tobacco products in the drop-off boxes.

Phoenixville Hospital lent its support to the youth driven initiative with a kick off presentation on Monday 18 in the YMCA lobby. Attendees heard about “The Wealth of Health”.

Youth empowerment was on display at the Government Services Center in West Chester the evening of March 20th. The 4th Annual KBD Tobacco-Free Youth Writing Contest will culminate with the Awards Night at the GSC with the reading of the top teen essays chosen from across Chester County. The contest was open to all county seventh and eighth graders. As in previous years, Phoenixville Area Middle School students are again among the finalists.