by Colston Newton
The Future Business Leaders of America at Northumberland High School are a busy bunch. They’ve had breast cancer awareness programs, collected turkeys and Thanksgiving fixings for the less fortunate and Saturday morning had a “No Smoking” day at the high school.
The No Smoking theme was suggested by School Board member Gerald Howard, Tracy Keeve, the club’s president said.
The day wasn’t just a bunch of anti-smoking preaching. It included Bingo games, grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and tables manned by the local Red Cross and Rivverside Tapahannock Hospital.
The Red Cross volunteers handed out information about how to prepare for and react to emergencies as well as small flashlights and little packages of Bandaids. The local Red Cropss is celebrating its 100th year.
Riverside Tappahannock’s cancer program coordinator, Annmarie Simmons, brought dozens of T-shirts emblazoned with a “no smoking” message and pens. Both were free and provided by the hospital.
The day started at 10 a.m and ended at 2 p.m. Several dozen people came to join in the fun and hear the message.
“We’ll do it again next year,” Howard said.