Piedmont students win anti-smoking contest

Piedmont Intermediate students won the grand prize in a contest designed to teach about the dangers of tobacco use.
BY JOHN WILLIAMS, For The Oklahoman Published: March 30, 2013
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Students in Misty Granger's sixth-hour class at Piedmont Intermediate School were the grand-prize winners in the ninth annual “Be Smart — Don't Start Anti-Tobacco Contest.”

The contest is a tobacco-free initiative that provides Oklahoma elementary students the opportunity to teach their peers about the dangers of tobacco use.

A 30-second public service announcement featuring the students will be recorded for distribution to television and radio stations, posted on multiple websites and promoted across the state.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma and community partners offered an anti-tobacco curriculum at no cost to elementary students in two divisions, kindergarten through second grades and third through fifth grades.

In addition to the grand-prize winner, nine other classes were recognized.

Kindergarten through second-grade winners:

Marivel Pinto family, Oklahoma City homeschool, first-place video.

Holly Johnson family, Oklahoma City homeschool, second-place video.

Jenks Southeast Elementary, Carla Taber's second grade, first-place visual.

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About the contest

The “Be Smart — Don't Start Anti-Tobacco Contest” is sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma; the American Lung Association, Plains-Gulf region; the state Education Department and the Health Department.

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