EHS SADD was one of two Lehigh Valley schools to attend “Day At The Capitol” at the Pennsylvania State Capitol on May 1, 2018. The one-day event is held in Harrisburg for individuals to come together and meet with legislators to provide education on important tobacco control issues throughout the Commonwealth. Advocates and youth educate legislators on supporting necessary tobacco cessation and prevention programs and services, as well as the importance of increasing the minimum sales age for tobacco products to 21 to eliminate or reduce youth tobacco initiation. SADD members also expressed their concerns regarding an absent age of use in Pennsylvania. Students were afforded this opportunity through The Tobacco Resistance Unit (TRU), a Pennsylvania statewide youth movement for students 12-18, committed to decreasing tobacco through advocacy and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. Thanks to The American Lung Association and Valley Youth House, students were provided a chartered bus, as well as meals at no cost. It is wonderful to be able to provide student with such opportunities through these gracious organizations support. Pictured are two of the legislators EHS SADD met with State Representative Steve Barrar and Senator Mario Scavello.
SADD members featured in photo: Victoria Kramer, Megan Hughes, Mandie Salomon, Timarie Repman, Emily Angelucci, Ashley Donegan, Fatima Ahmed, Olivia Christman, Nick Toto, Maliah Fraction, Marissa Monte, Samantha Moratori, Sophia DiLauro, Advisor Jeannine Martini, Teacher Lisa Wells, and Valley Youth Liaison Kristen Hackman