Sixth-grade students at Hudson Middle School spent the past 10 weeks learning how to say no to tobacco. The students put together a newscast complete with cue cards, a camera person, and anchors.
Their newscast summed up all that they have learned in the program, like the different ways to tell someone no, how to avoid the peer pressure, and even the kinds of dangerous chemicals that are in cigarettes.
"Essentially, we did 10 lessons in four weeks trying to build up kids' social skills, refusal skills, assertiveness, and confidence about refusing tobacco because everyone knows that tobacco, but we want to give them the confidence and role play with them, put them in different situations how to refuse tobacco," said J.P. Heath, a tobacco educator.
It's the first time the program has been done in Hudson schools. It's funded by grant money through The Coalition.