Students Land Another Grant

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St. Maries Middle School students, who are a part of STAND (Support Teens Against Nicotine Dependency), have once again received a $1,000 grant.

The grant was awarded by the American Lung Association. Advisor Jennifer Watkins said only seven grants were awarded by the ALA.

Ms. Watkins said the students hope to use the money to purchase no smoking signs for the middle school and high school. Students also want to put up signs at bus stops.

These students, who are members of Idaho Drug Free Youth, are also a part of STAND or Support Teens Against Nicotine Dependency. The students recieved a $1,000 STAND grant through the American Lung Association. Pictured here are: Alyssa Green, Liann Kren, Jenna Bauer, Advisor Jennifer Watkins, Beth Lindberg (sitting), Aubree Osier, Taylor Humphrey (sitting) Dakotah Wilks and Madison Cordell.

These students, who are members of Idaho Drug Free Youth, are also a part of STAND or Support Teens Against Nicotine Dependency. The students recieved a $1,000 STAND grant through the American Lung Association. Pictured here are: Alyssa Green, Liann Kren, Jenna Bauer, Advisor Jennifer Watkins, Beth Lindberg (sitting), Aubree Osier, Taylor Humphrey (sitting) Dakotah Wilks and Madison Cordell.

Madison Cordell, an eighth grader, said the goal of STAND is to raise awareness of the threat tobacco poses. She said students do community activism projects to raise awareness as well as work to educate youth. As part of the program, students also encourage legislatures to advocate for higher taxes on tobacco products.

Through the grant, Alyssa Green and Liann Kren will attend a youth tobacco prevention workshop in Boise Nov. 6-8. This weekend, Aubree Osier and Jenna Bauer will also attend a leadership workshop in Cascade. All four said they are excited for the opportunity.

The girls said they believe their efforts are making a difference. In March, the girls hung no smoking signs near the playground in city park.

“I haven’t seen as many cigarette butts as before,” Alyssa said.

“I am so proud of these kids,” Ms. Watkins said. “They work so hard.”

Ms. Watkins said any student may participate in STAND. The members of STAND are also members of the school’s IDFY (Idaho Drug Free Youth) program.

IDFY will host a family movie night and dinner Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the St. Maries Middle School gym. The Grub Box will serve dinner at 4:45 p.m. and Maleficent will be shown at 6:15 p.m. Dinner costs $7. Donations will be accepted for the movie and will benefit the IDFY program.

During the evening, there will also be door prizes, 50/50 raffle, other raffles and concessions.

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