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Smoke free sign dedication Saturday

Special to The R-CThe Students Taking On Prevention Club is celebrating their “Clean Air in the Parks” smoke free playground sign dedication 2:15 p.m. Saturday at the Lampe Park playground.

The Students Taking On Prevention Club is celebrating their “Clean Air in the Parks” smoke free playground sign dedication 2:15 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Lampe Park playground. Earlier this year, club members picked up cigarette butts from the Lampe playground, then developed a presentation on the harmful effects of second hand smoke and the environmental impact of cigarette butt litter. Sponsored by the Partnership of Community Resources, the students took their presentation to the Parks and Recreation Commission and the County Commissioners in May, and as a result signage was approved. “The dedication of the placement of playground signage is the culmination of a lengthy process that educated our Students Taking On Prevention members about the steps to bring about change in our community,” PCR Executive Director Cheryl Bricker said. “Facilitated by Prevention Coordinator Linda Gilkerson, our youth defined the problem, collected evidence, researched, developed a presentation suggesting a solution, spoke to groups that authorize or support the solution and finally, celebrate by unveiling the sign at Lampe Park playground.” The signs ask people not to smoke around the children’s play equipment at Lampe, Stodick and Aspen Parks, and also include warnings regarding the risk and hazards of smoking and secondhand smoke.The signage was provided by Cindy Hannah, program specialist for Carson City Health & Human Services. “Come support the S.T.O.P. youth and share refreshments to celebrate their accomplishment,” Bricker said.The Partnership of Community Resources substance abuse prevention and wellness promotion coalition has served Douglas County since 1992.For more information, call 782-8611.