High school students kick butts

Mar. 31, 2014 @ 10:57 AM

Students from Carrboro High, Chapel Hill High and East Chapel Hill High got together on a Saturday to kick butts.

The students took part in Kick Butts Day and other activities at their schools to encourage their peers to not use tobacco products. All of the students are members of their school’s Tobacco Reality Unfiltered clubs.
The events were part a series of collaborative events between the Orange County Health Department and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools that advocated against tobacco use.
The official Kick Butts Day was March 19 but the students cleaned up butts March 15. They cleaned up thousands and were part of a smoking response team outreach event along Franklin Street in Chapel Hill into Main Street in Carrboro.
Kick Butts Day is observed nationally as a day of activism that empowers young people to “stand out, speak up, and seize control against the tobacco industry.”
On Kick Butts Day each high school held events during their lunch periods.
At Carrboro High, students could spin the Smart Tobacco Wheel with smoke-free pledges. The school also had body outlines with #33 on them to represent the number of Americans who die from cardiovascular disease.
East Chapel Hill High had a social media photo booth with signs that were made by students that said why they chose not to smoke.
Chapel Hill High also sponsored a Kick Butts Day event.