From an Everett Public Schools news release.
Concerned about the Snohomish County vaping epidemic among young people, Jackson High School Freshman Katerina Vaagen began a "No Vaping" pledge drive at the school on October 22, 2019.
“Attention all Jackson students: The no vape pledge kicks off on Tuesday. This is your chance to take a stand against the deadly outbreak that has led to over a thousand lung illnesses and more than two dozen deaths nationwide. Half of those sickened are young people like us,” began the morning announcement at Henry M. Jackson High School.
Earlier in October, Vaagen met with Jackson High School Principal Dave Peters about her idea of initiating a student-led pledge drive to encourage her fellow students and school staff members not to vape.
After Peters wholeheartedly approved the project, on October 22nd Vaagen set up a pledge table during lunches and deemed it "No Vape Pledge Day."
Immediately surrounded by students as they lined up to sign pledge cards, Vaagen along with fellow student Avery Kirscht, shared their concerns and handed out pledge cards.
“Let’s help save lives and support one another during this epidemic,” shared Vaagen.
She added, “Let’s show them how Timberwolves are supporting the struggle against teen vaping.”
Everett Public Schools is partnering with Snohomish County Health District to host three vaping information nights:
- 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 7, 2019, in the Eisenhower Middle School cafeteria.
- 7:00 pm on Monday, November 18, 2019, in the Heatherwood Middle School cafeteria.
- 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 21, 2019, in the Community Resource Center.
For more information on vaping and vapor products go to http://www.snohd.org/273/Vaping-Vapor-Products.
Katerina Vaagen (left) and Avery Kirscht at Jackson High School "No Vape" pledge drive. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.