8th Graders’ Smoking Ban Project Helps Bring Cleaner Air to Portland Parks

Some of you may have heard that the Portland City Council voted on Wednesday (February 18) to ban smoking in all City of Portland Parks. The ban, proposed by Commissioner Amanda Fritz, passed on a 4-1 vote. A group of our 8th graders who had worked on this ban for their Project Citizen project last Spring testified last week at City Council at the request of Commissioner Fritz. SWCS students Henry O’Scannlain-Miller and Colter Decker did a great job articulating their research and gave the Council the signatures they had collected on the issue last spring.

 

Way to go, 8th graders!

 

For more on the ban, here’s a link an Oregonian article:

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/02/no_smoking_allowed_portland_ci.html

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Henry O'Scannlain Miller and Colter Decker testifying to City Council, February 11, 2015.
Henry O’Scannlain Miller and Colter Decker testifying to City Council, February 11, 2015.
A few of the 8th graders who attended the February 18 City Council meeting pose with Commissioner Fritz and a group of students from Madison High School.
A few of the 8th graders who attended the February 11 City Council meeting pose with Commissioner Fritz and a group of students from Madison High School.