PORT EWEN - Ulster BOCES students came out in force recently, showing their collective disdain for cigarette smoking - and there were no butts about it!
Students from several Ulster BOCES programs participated in National Kick Butts Day by creating information stations, prominent artwork and thought-provoking displays designed to educate both students and teachers on the dangers of cigarette smoking and the effects the harmful habit can have on a person’s health and well-being.
Maxine Early, an Early Childhood Education student, staffed the class’s booth in the main hall of the Career & Technical Center replete with brochures and exhibits citing the dangers of smoking.
"If you smoke, you are starting a downhill process early in your life," says the Wallkill High School student.
To ensure that members of the community got the message loud and clear, Ulster BOCES Criminal Justice students formed a picket line armed with signs. They even arrested a living rendition of a pack of Marlboro cigarettes to further illustrate the need to take down this problem.
Students in the Certified Nurse Assistant class lined empty shoes against the wall, representing the many individuals who have died needlessly from lung cancer.
CISCO students handed out surveys to learn more information about student behavior in regards to cigarette smoking. Those who participated in the survey were rewarded with lollipops for completing and returning the surveys.