Get ready for your next event—start with this list of ideas.
This would involve setting up a booth at a local event (in Baltimore City, some examples would be Artscape, Hon Fest, Maryland State Fair, Oregon Ridge outdoor symphony concerts, Maryland Film Festival) with activities for various ages. You might want to discuss possible events in your area as a group, and make a list for various places to research. Coalition members working at these events would hang a Maryland TRASH banner, wear TRASH t-shirts, hand out palm cards, information fact sheets, postcards, etc.
Raffle: Enter the raffle by signing the anti-tobacco pledge (win Quit Kits, TRASH gear, dinner, free gifts, discounts from local businesses, etc.)
Spin the Wheel of Chance: Wheel that displays potential consequences of smoking (health and otherwise)
Display of cigarette ingredients: Quiz game
Puppet show: For young children. Educating them on the dangers of smoking.
Activity table: Also for young children. Pledge bracelets, tattoos, coloring table. Coalition members would sign up to staff the table.
Anti-tobacco assembly: Organize an assembly for your school, or a series of assemblies for all the schools in your area. Invite speakers, ex-smokers, survivors, experts, activists
Skits: Create a troupe to perform skits for elementary school children
Create a pledge at school: Get permission from your school administrators, and consider asking for the help of your school nurse. Purchase a roll of brown packaging paper, banner paper or poster board and some packing tape. With your school’s permission, choose a visible wall on which to hang the paper. Give the wall a title that will catch people’s attention (like “Sign for Life”) and make it large enough to read from a distance. Provide lots of large markers for people to sign the pledge wall, write their stories, draw, etc. Take a picture and send it to Maryland TRASH and we’ll post it on the site to share with everyone!
Arrange a protest: Trip to DC, Annapolis, movie theaters (permits required)
Caravan to the Capital: Students traveling to the capital together to publicize Maryland TRASH, or for Kick Butts Day, Great American Smoke Out
Legislative breakfast: Educate your legislators about smoke free issues. For details see, the Kick Butts Day Web site