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Chill Fair at St. John Paul II

Students Take Aim to Reduce Smoking

Students at St. John Paul II are taking aim at reducing smoking and promoting awareness around its long-term effects in an action-packed “Chill Fair” at the school on May 7th during the school’s lunch hours. 
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One of the most popular demonstrations was an “Age Progression Program” which generates images of a subject and the effects of smoking over time.
The school’s A.I.R.S. Team (Aim in Reducing Smoking) and Stigma Team joined forces with other student committees to educate their peers about the perils of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse and the stigma of mental health.
Representatives from the following organizations were on hand to provide support and information: MADD, Toronto Public Health, East Metro Youth Services, Malvern Community Centre, Toronto Public Library, Toronto Parks and Recreation, Toronto Police and Toronto Paramedics
Comedian/Producer Marc-Anthony Sinagoga was the M.C. the program which included motivational speaker, Patrick de Belen and students demonstrated Spoken Word under the guidance of artist Patrick DeBelen.
After the presentations, staff and students competed in a wheelchair basketball tournament. All proceeds from the tournament are going to Variety Village.