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Dangers of tobacco taught

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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Sierra House Elementary teacher Katrina Sanford, back row, far left, and Jorge Orozco of El Dorado County Health Promotions, far right, are shown with South Tahoe Middle School Club Live members who presented an anti-tobacco program to Sanford's students.

South Tahoe Middle School Club Live sponsored an anti-tobacco program during the 2004-05 school year at Sierra House Elementary School called Club Live Kids. Fourth-and fifth-grade students of Katrina Sanford were the recipients of the program. Each lesson was written and presented by Club Live members.

The program consisted of a series of five presentations on the dangers of tobacco. The lessons included such topics as peer pressure, healthy alternatives, tobacco and the media, and second-hand smoke. The presentations lasted from 30 to 45 minutes. After completing the five lessons, all students were awarded certificates and Club Live Kids T-shirts.

The Club Live Kids program was funded through the El Dorado County Health Promotions Department Tobacco Settlement Grant. Last year a group of Club Live members were interested in doing the anti-tobacco presentations and wrote a grant. The club was a successful recipient and has used the funds to develop the Club Live Kids program, anti-tobacco curriculum, and improve their overall leadership skills.

Although the program was only funded for one year, the group intends to pursue funds for the upcoming year and continue the program. Since Sanford has changed teaching assignments next year, Club Live will be looking for a fourth- or fifth-grade class to adopt.

For more information about the Club Live Kids program contact Larry Lambdin at South Tahoe Middle School, (530) 541-6404, Ext. 219.