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Frontline students plan for summer

By By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
March 14, 2002
Members of Frontline, an anti-tobacco campaign for students in grades 9-12, met this week at the Partnership for a Healthy Lauderdale County office to map out tobacco prevention strategies for the summer.
Starting in June, the group will conduct surveys in restaurants where smoking is allowed to see how patrons feel about second-hand smoke. Frontline also plans to schedule workshops on the dangers of second-hand smoke in hope of convincing business owners to make their establishments smoke-free.
The group has set a date of Aug. 17 for a Back to School Bash to be held at Highland Park. The Partnership sponsored a back-to-school party at the park last year, providing music, games and giveaways for children of all ages.
Sabrina Wilson, project director for the Partnership for a Healthy Lauderdale County, said a guest speaker will also be booked for the event.
Crystal Holt, 16, a junior at Clarkdale High School, said she is involved in the student activist group because people should be made aware of what they are putting into their bodies through tobacco use.
Her sister, Shari Holt, 18, a senior at Clarkdale High School, is strongly affected by second-hand smoke. She is also a Frontline member. She said she is allergic to cigarette smoke and being around it causes ear infections and migraines, and makes it hard for her to breathe.
Penny Ivey sponsors Students Against Destructive Decisions at Northeast High School, where she teaches resource special education.
Mary Kathryn Covert, 16, is a junior at Meridian High School. She serves on Frontline's 10-member state board.

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