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Posted: Thursday, 24 April 2014 6:50AM

Barr-Reeve Schools Get Tobacco Free School Award

The Barr-Reeve School Corporation received the Gary Sandifur Tobacco Free School Award which recognizes schools in Indiana that have effective tobacco-free campus policies.

The Award is named for Gary Sandifur, a Kokomo native who was a life long smoker who promised his family he would quit before he was 50. However he was diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer that had spread to his brain the day before his 50th birthday.

After his diagnosis, he began speaking with students about the dangers of smoking.

Sally Petty of the Daviess County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Caolition said she “applauds Barr-Reeve for protecting the health of students, staff, and visitors. The school corporation is a leader in the community for protecting others from tobacco smoke, the number one preventable killer of Daviess County residents.”

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