Kick Butts Day 2016
On March 8th, 5th grade students from Osseo and Fairchild Elementary Schools traveled to Osseo-Fairchild High School for Kick Butts Day. High school TADD (Teens Against Destructive Decisions) members presented 7 different stations regarding the dangers of tobacco use. Thank you to all of the teachers who were so flexible with the TADD students in preparation and presentation for this event. Thank you also to the 5th grade students who were such good listeners!
Station 1 – Students learned about emphysema and how smoking can damage the lungs to make it hard to breathe. Students were asked to breathe through a straw to see how difficult it could be to breathe with emphysema. Students then were asked to brainstorm what activities they liked to do that would be affected if they could not breathe well.
Station 3 – Students were able to see the effect of smoke on the lungs as TADD students displayed and explained examples of pig lungs that had been exposed to the amount of smoke that a pack a day smoker for 10 years is exposed to. Students were able to feel the lungs comparison of a smoker to a healthy set of lungs. They could feel a tumor on the smoker lung and how it was more hard tissue than the healthy lung which was more squishy. They saw the black color of the smoker lung compared to pink healthy lung and witnessed the low amount of time the smoker lungs held the air compared to the healthy lungs. Students also saw a jar that contained the amount of tar a pack a day smoker would expose to their lungs in a year.
Station 6 – Students were taught that smoking is not the only dangerous form of tobacco use. TADD students used mouth models, pictures and examples to show the health effects of using smokeless tobacco. Students also learned about the newest type of tobacco products that are marketed towards teenagers to get them hooked for life. They looked at marketing strategies that are aimed at getting kids to use.
Station 2 – Students practiced decision making as they used a spinner that told them which color jelly bean to pick out. The jelly beans could have been one of two flavors; one good and one disgusting (think tuitti fruity vs stinky socks flavors). Students took the jelly bean and then had to decide to eat it or throw it away. They went through a pros and cons strategy to make a decision. Students who ate the jelly bean either got a nice surprise or a sour face. Afterwards, students evaluated whether their decision was a smart one or not, and if they would repeat the decision again. TADD members then used this discussion to talk about how students should refuse tobacco products if pressured.
Station 4 – Students witnessed TADD members acting as ‘mad scientists’ who were inventing a weapon of mass destruction (a cigarette). Using humor, students were taught the amount of chemicals that were in cigarette smoke. Students learned the term ‘carcinogen’ and how if someone smokes they are willingly putting these chemicals into their bodies.
Station 5 – At this station, students learned about some more recent trends in tobacco or tobacco-like products. They learned about what an e-cigarette is and also learned about hookah. They watched up to date video clips about the dangers to young people about both.
Station 7 – Students were able to use their artistic talents to decorate drawstring bags with examples of all of the things that they would rather do than use tobacco products. Wow, do we have a diverse set of interests within our students!!!