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|Project Title: ||Kick Butts|
|School Year: ||2004|
|School - District:||The English High - Boston|
|Contact Name:||Sue Mortensen|
|Content-Area(s):||English Language Arts, Science & Technology|
|Grades:||10, 11, 12|
|Community Need:||Education, Health/Nutrition|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
Students included family members with smoking related medical issues to raise peers’ awareness about tobacco hazards. A debate on teen smoking led to supporting the Kick Butts Day online national campaign. Students sponsored a school wide poster contest and created a mural of 1,200 hands representing the number of people who die each day in the U.S. from tobacco and secondhand smoke. Producing public service announcements, exhibits, and informational booths along with recruiting speakers for a school Kick Butts Expo, students invited over a thousand classmates and community members to the event. They raised funds for the American Cancer Society by selling wristbands and T-shirts, and holding a Smoke Out Cook Out. Supported by a teen health center and school nurses, students also organized intervention options for students, parents, and staff.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
Bolstered by the results of their survey showing teen concern over teen smoking, students recognized the need to fight against tobacco use.
|Service Component: |
Students begin a school wide information campaign on smoking dangers. As enthusiasm grew, they contributed to the American Cancer Society and helped to institutionalize their efforts by successfully applying for a grant from a local health institution and by joining a national online club dedicated to community activism.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
Students used communication skills and science knowledge for public service announcements, flyers, press releases, and a mural promoting an anti-smoking campaign. The following Boston Public Schools Learning Standards have been derived from the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and Learning Standards:
Learning Standards English Language Arts
• Connect reading with own and others' experiences.
• Engage in group discussions.
• Use proper technologies to present information effectively.
• Word process, desktop publish, and incorporate multimedia in published reports.
• Make effective presentations.
Learning Standards Media
• Identify visual or aural techniques used in a media message for a particular audience.
• Create media presentations that effectively use graphics, images, and/or sound to present a distinct point of view on a topic.
• Apply established criteria for assessing effectiveness of presentation, style, and content of films and other forms of electronic communication.
Learning Standards Science
• Identify social and personal issues to be addressed through scientific study.
• Communicate results obtained from research through models & illustrations.
• Interview medical researcher, bio-engineer or practicing biologist.
• Research, analyze and evaluate social, environmental challenges through observation, experimentation, research, and application of unifying concepts of science.
• Communicate results obtained from research through illustrations.
• Connect study of science and technology to a variety of career opportunities.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Originally implemented by a small group of students, this project now engages the entire school community involving more than 2,000 people. As the big day approaches, everyone knows that KBD means Kick Butts Day.
|Student Reflection Component: |
From journals and other documents, students shared their feelings about their mission and about the hard work, surprises, and disappointments associated with this outreach program. With so many students, teachers, and family members signing a Stop Smoking Pledge, students shout out, “We’ve made a difference.”
|Community Partners Involved: |
Community partners included the American Cancer Society, Brookside Teen Health Center, Do Something, Kick Butts Day, School Nurse, School and local radio stations and newspapers, The Medical Foundation, and Tobacco-Free Kids.org.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
With news of the grant award and of Do Something recognition, students participated in several celebrations that strengthened their determination to “Shout Out Against Smoking.”
|Evaluation of Project's Impact:|
Buoyed by an overwhelmingly positive response to their first year’s efforts, students and teachers agreed to make Kick Butts Day an annual event. They successfully applied for a grant from The Medical Foundation and start a “Do Something” club that became nationally recognized online as a Featured Club Project.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
Parents and community members played an important role in helping promote this health issue that concerns us all. Local media including radio stations and newsprint also contributed to the project’s impact.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.