Vermont Kids Against Tobacco (VKAT) Parade & Statehouse Rally: Wednesday in Montpelier
For immediate release:
February 4, 2003
News Media Contact: Linda Dorey
Vermont Department of Health
More than 300 5th through 8th graders from VKAT groups around the state will come to Montpelier on Wednesday, February 5 for a rally and march to the Statehouse.
Throughout the morning they will be discussing tobacco issues facing Vermont youth with Governor James Douglas, Lt. Governor Brian Dubie, Health Commissioner Dr. Jan Carney, and legislators.
Schedule of Events
- 9 a.m.-Check in at Montpelier High School Gym
- 9:30 a.m.-Welcome/Introductions
Meet with Health Commissioner Dr. Jan K. Carney
Meet with Sarah Jo Willey – Miss Vermont 2002
- 10:30 a.m.-March down State Street to the Statehouse
- 10:50 a.m.-Enter House Chamber
Meet Speaker of the House Walter Freed
- 11:00 a.m.-Meet with Lt. Governor Brian Dubie
Report on VKAT work and present Operation Storefront results
- 11:50 a.m.-Meet with Governor James Douglas
- 12:00 noon-VKAT presentations
- 12:15 p.m.-Lunch at Capitol Plaza
- 1:30 p.m.-Departure
Vermont Kids Against Tobacco is a collaboration of the Vermont Department of Health and Green Mountain Prevention Projects. There are 50 VKAT groups throughout the state.
Over the past seven years, VKAT groups in schools and communities around the state have been devoted to keeping themselves and their peers tobacco-free. They get involved in community work, promote enforcement of the law that bans sale of tobacco to kids under age 18, and raise awareness about tobacco advertising.