(Gillette, Wyo.) Students 4 Change formed in January of this year at Sage Valley Junior High School. Since the group’s formation, they have been pretty successful at getting their name out there.
Back in March, three students went to a Gillette City Council Meeting to ask for a proclamation to start “Kick Butts Week,” which was passed. Kick Butts Week started off with the students asking the two local bowling allies to stop smoking in their establishments from March 12th through the 18th, to allow patrons to enjoy a smoke-free atmosphere.
They had a radio ad and video promoting “Kick Butts Week.” One day during their lunch hour, students sold bracelets that read, “S4C YOLO DON’T WASTE IT” for $1.00. They also had a bake sale, raising $118 that day. The group walked from the Recreation Center to the library, writing facts about tobacco use on the sidewalk in chalk.
The reason for fundraising is so the students can go to a national conference for Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA), next year. Students 4 Change is the youth coalition branch of the Campbell County Prevention Council. The Drug-Free Communities grant is a funding source for the coalition and S4C, but Campbell County School District’s Student Support Services also supports this group. The mission for S4C is empowering you to prevent tobacco, drugs, and alcohol in their school and community.
“These are great kids and the have the opportunity to make a difference in this community. People will listen to them, the owners of the bowling allies listened to them,” said Brittany Kupec, who facilitates the grant that is made for providing resources for the Community Provention programs.
If any student from 7th grade and up in Campbell County wants to join, they are more than welcome to come. The group meets every Tuesday after school at Sage Valley Junior High in classroom 306 on the third floor.
Check out our full gallery on Facebook. If you have any questions or are interested in joining you may talk to Carmen Toole at (307) 682-2225.