Kazoo Pediatrics and Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition Join Forces to Promote Tar Wars at REL Elementary

TULLAHOMA, TN (January 27, 2014) – Dr. Matt Campbell, Pediatrician, Kazoo Pediatrics, is a proud CEO Partner with Robert E. Lee Elementary School and so are the folks from the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition.  Dr. Campbell was involved in a Tar Wars Program in Georgia prior to moving to Tullahoma and was adamant about getting a Tar Wars Program started here at Robert E. Lee Elementary. After only two CEO Partner work-sessions, Dr. Campbell and Kristina Clark, Executive Director, and Christina Merino, Prevention Coordinator with the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition, had begun laying ground work to co-promote the program to the fourth and fifth grade students of Robert E. Lee Elementary. 

The first step was to make classroom presentations to the fourth and fifth-grade students. The presentation is one-hour in length, interactive and includes discussion and learning activities.  Getting the children involved beyond the classroom is important, too. The students were given information to carry home to their parents about the Tar Wars Program and information on how the student can participate in a poster contest where they can create their own positive message for being tobacco-free. The poster contest is open to the fourth and fifth-graders that have received the classroom presentation. There will be one poster contest winner chosen from Robert E. Lee Elementary and that winner’s poster will be submitted to the state. There will be one winner chosen from the state entries who will be invited to attend along with their family the Tar Wars National Conference in Washington, D.C.

Tar Wars is a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians with a mission “To educate students about being tobacco-free, provide them with the tools to make positive health decisions, and promote personal responsibility for their well-being.”

Tar Wars Presenters at REL:  Christina Merino, Coffee Co. Anti-Drug Coalition Prevention Coordinator; Matt Campbell, M.D., Kazoo Pediatrics; and Robert Ray, Coffee Co. Anti-Drug Coalition Youth Coordinator.