Students in middle picture from left to right: Jacqueline Noel, Manuela Quintero,
Mohammed Bensadok, Dzeneta Velic, Adriana Borriello, and Aliza Anderson.
On Wednesday March 20, 2013, six students from the Power of Know Club at the High school along with their advisor Amanda Valenzuela participated in the The 84 Movement’s Annual Kick Butts Day at The Massachusetts State House.
During the morning students participated in ice breakers and took part in a rally with over 300 other students from all over the state. The focus of this year’s event was to encourage legislators to increase taxes on all tobacco products in order to decrease youth access. As part of the event students were also educated about how Big Tobacco targets youth with their products by making them cheap, available and in colorful, attractive packaging.
Power of Know (POK) students were also excited about the opportunity to get to speak with two aids from Speaker Robet DeLeo office. During the meeting POK students had an opportunity to talk about their substance abuse prevention efforts at Revere high school and their new involvement in the 84 movement. The 84 is a movement led by teens from all over Massachusetts to take back control of the health and minds of youth from any influence of Big Tobacco.
After the event Students expressed feeling empowered in making a difference in the number of their peers who use tobacco. As Aliza Anderson, a Power of Know student leader put it, “Today we learned that raising the tobacco tax by $1 on all tobacco products can save 27,000 lives in our state. Today, we took action and steps to save those lives!”