Kick Butts Day


March 16, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Iola’s high school and middle school students  took a stand against tobacco use Wednesday as part of Kick Butts Day. Above, event organizer Colin Long, from left, a seventh-grader at IMS, visits with Iola High senior Alexis Heslop and Elizabeth Hopkins of the Allen County Community Action Team as part of a social media campaign against tobacco. Students were encouraged to post selfies online, declaring they wanted to “kick butts.” At left, high-schoolers  Hunter Preston, left, and Natalie Seeley look through literature. Long was one of 10 students from across the state who worked on a Resist Tobacco Committee, which organized Kick Butts Day. He also led an effort to hang the number “45” around the middle school to denote the 45 people in the U.S. who die each day because of tobacco usage.