Shelbyville ISD Hosts Tobacco Awareness Presentation

Stephanie Crager speaks to the Shelbyville High School student body on the abuse of tobacco products.January 15, 2015 (Photos by Abbey Bays) - The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Lufkin gave a presentation to students of Shelbyville High School on tobacco products the morning of January 13.

Representing the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council was Stephanie Crager, a prevention educator. Crager educated the students on the types of tobacco products, listed the short-term and long-term effects of using them, and even relayed the story of a real-life victim of the product.

“It’s education,” Crager said. “A lot of students just aren’t aware of what they’re putting in their bodies. You can’t make an educated choice unless you have the information.”

The event was organized by the Shelbyville School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC). Jeane Taylor, SHAC chairperson, and Caleigh Sparks, senior and student representative were present at the event.

“I think it’s really beneficial,” Sparks said. “It allows students to get involved and have the opportunity to learn. It’s like giving the students a voice about things people don’t think we care about.”

Pictured, from left: Shelbyville School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) chairperson Jeane Taylor, Stephanie Crager of The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Lufkin, and high school student representative Caleigh Sparks