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Hospital, school team up to teach perils of smoking


Harper's Choice Middle School and Howard County General Hospital signed a partnership agreement yesterday to teach the school's sixth-graders not to smoke.

"This is a big resource for our school and something that will be very rewarding for our students," said James Evans, principal of the 580-student school.

Under the partnership, doctors, a health educator and a throat and lung cancer survivor from the hospital will visit the school each quarter to present a "Youth and Tobacco Awareness" program to students.

Stations will be set up to show students the effects of smoking on the lungs and heart as well as the cosmetic changes it can cause. The cancer survivor, Peg Browning, will tell students first-hand about the damage smoking has done to her health.

Cindy Rowe-Minarcin, the health teacher at Harper's Choice, said, "As a middle school health teacher, it's really helpful to have the physicians and others come in and show the students the dangers of smoking."

Part of the sixth-grade curriculum includes instruction about the hazards of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

Yesterday's agreement was the first between the hospital and a Howard middle school, said Victor A. Broccolino, the hospital's president. The hospital already has partnerships with the Howard system and with some individual high schools.

Harper's Choice students are planning a walk-a-thon to raise money for the hospital in the spring.

Pub Date: 12/18/96

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