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Success with a tobacco-free program earns high school teams cash

Crook County High School teams from the aviation class and boys and girls tennis were rewarded for their participation in the Tobacco Free Teams Project. Receiving checks from Central Oregonian Publisher Bill Schaffer (middle) were (left) Roger Berger CCHS tennis coach and Hank Hobson, the CCHS aviation instructor. Looking on were three of Hobson's aviation students, from the left: Colby Hamon, Jason Miller and Laci Bristow.
The Central Oregonian publishes the Crook County High School sports calendar and each year donates a portion of the sales revenue from advertising on that calendar back to the school.
   This year the proceeds were presented to a variety of high school groups taking part in Tobacco Free Teams Project.
   The basic concepts of the project include having:
   * The team and the coach sign a pledge to stay tobacco free for the length of the season. The coach must fill out a ten question survey at the end of the season.
   * The team, coach, and parents watch a 15 minute video (The Bob Leslie Story) at the beginning of the season and hear a 15 minute health presentation about tobacco.
   * The teams will be given Anti-chew/dip/smoking posters to place in the home and visitor locker rooms and schools.
   * The team will write a letter to their favorite professional team explaining their participation in this project and ask the professional team to do the same. Each player will sign the letter including the coach.
   If the players and coach fulfill all of the above to meet the requirements they receive a certain amount of money for the team free and clear.
   Friday, Central Oregonian Publisher Bill Schaffer presented checks to two of the CCHS teams meeting the project's requirements.