January 23, 2006
One Charlottesville agency recently received a helping hand to stamp out smoking.
The extra help involved kids and money from an unlikely source.
The Charlottesville Children, Youth, and Family Services agency got a three year grant from the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation.
The grant, worth almost $225,000, goes toward the agency's Super Thinking and Responsible Kids program. S.T.A.R. Kids is a program which uses puppets and imagination to help kids make healthy choices concerning smoking.
"The foundation gives money to children in Virginia, to aid agencies and children in Virginia, to resist tobacco and make safe and healthy choices," said Christy Arrington.
This is the fifth straight year the S.T.A.R. Kids program has been awarded grant funds from the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Fund.