TOP PHOTO: Campbell County’s 5th grade students gathered on the Jacksboro Middle School campus for the annual health fair last Thursday.

Each school had its gathering place around the JMS football field.

JACKSBORO, TN. (SPECIAL TO WLAF)- Campbell County Schools Coordinated School Health, in conjunction with the Campbell County Health Council, held its annual 5th grade health fair at the Jacksboro Middle School football field on last Thursday.

This year’s theme was “Don’t Strike Out with Tobacco!” “The event was comprised of 11 local health vendors that educated the 5th grade students across the district on the effects and dangers of smoking and vaping, while providing information on their programs as well,” said Coach Ernie Clawson. The Cougar Basketball Coach is also the director for Coordinated School Health.

This year’s local vendors consisted of Freedom Valley Farms, 7th Day Adventist Church: Reversing Diabetes, TNT Produce, CHATY: Campbell Helping Adults Teens and Youth, TN Strong Youth Groups (Jellico High School and CCHS), Community Health of East Tennessee: Generation Hope, Community Health of East Tennessee: Family Service Center, Campbell County Litter Control, Campbell County Health Department, UT College of Nursing, and The Campbell County Children’s Center.

Vaping was one of the top list topics Thursday.

Also, the students had an opportunity to get physical activity on an 85ft obstacle course, wrecking ball, bungee run, and extreme obstacle cxourse, compliments of The Backyard Bouncers.

Some of the stations included a break from the learning.

A special thank you goes out to Gretchen Thomas, principal at Jacksboro Middle School for hosting the event, Jamie Gillum, school nutrition supervisor, for providing the meals to all students, dignitaries, Byrge Screen Printing for the banners, signs, and t-shirts, and all health vendors that participated in the event.

Students made their way from station to station learning about what they should know when it comes to keeping themselves safe and healthy.

The Campbell County Schools Coordinated School Health would like to recognize and thank all of the local sponsors that made the event possible:  Ayer’s Realty; BE-YOU-TIFUL MedSpa; Campbell County Mayor’s Office (Jack Lynch); Charley’s Pizza; Community Trust Bank;  Eagle Tire Pros; EE Hill And Son’s Insurance; First National Bank; Grace Rehab; Hearthside Bank; Holston Gas; Lindsey’s Carpet and Paint; LaFollette Monuments; Lace to Pearls; Pete’ Body Shop; The Greens at Deerfield; United Cumberland Bank; Seventh Day Adventist Church: LaFollette; Community Health of East Tennessee; Fox Insurance; Byrge Screen Printing; 1450 WLAF; LaFollette Press; Volunteer Times; Ball Farms; Alco Builders; Builtwell Bank; Doyle’s Tire; Campbell County Litter Control: Sponsored by TDOT; AISIN Automotive Casting; LaFollette Utilities; Harp Funeral Home; Newcomb Baptist Church; Shield of Faith Church; LaFollette Mine Supply. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 5/16/2023- 6AM)