Students participate in Tar Wars program

Students participate in Tar Wars program Vermillion area fifth-grade students recently participated in a Tar Wars program with local physicians to promote tobacco free lifestyles.

Dr. Vicki Walker, Dr. Mary Jo Olson and Dr. Matt Krell, area physicians, visited the fifth-grade classrooms to introduce the Tar Wars program. it is designed as an interactive tobacco-free education program that allows students to become aware of the attitudes toward tobacco use and the effects it has on the body.

The Tar Wars is a pro-health, tobacco-free education program and poster contest for students nationwide. The program was developed in 1988 to allow family physicians and community organizations to become involved in youth tobacco free education. The primary goal of the program is to discourage tobacco use among the nation's youth.

Following the classroom session, the students were encouraged to design posters emphasizing the positive effects of not using tobacco products and creatively demonstrate what they had learned from the program.

A panel comprised of local health care employees and members of the community judged the local posters. Dr. Walker recognized the local winners: Mary Ann Bierle of St. Agnes, first place; Lindsey Covill of Jolley, second place; and Emily Renner of Jolley, third place. They received Dairy Queen certificates. Pizza Hut also provided personal pan pizza coupons for all participants of the program.

Bierle's first place poster won her class a free pizza party on behalf of Pizza Hut. Her poster was sent on to the state competition in Pierre. The winner from each state competition will then be entered in the national contest.

Dr. Walker was pleased with the students' participation and enthusiasm to learn from the program.

The participants' posters can be viewed at local businesses including Pizza Hut, Subway, Pressing Matters, Nook 'n Cranny, True Value Hardware, Deb's Hallmark, as well as throughout the Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center.

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