WCS School Board Honors Student’s Tobacco-Free Advocacy Efforts

Warsaw Community Schools is proud to honor an Edgewood Middle School Student for his continued dedication to raising awareness on the detriments of smoking cigarettes.

Cayman Blake, son of Dan and Heidi Blake of Warsaw, has inspired many through his mission to advocate toward raising taxes on cigarettes as well as the legal age to purchase tobacco products. While still in elementary school, Blake was invited to speak by Indiana Representative Charlie Brown after the two met during a tobacco-free advocacy event held at the Indiana Statehouse.

Cayman shared with Brown his passionate commitment to a tobacco-free future was fueled by the loss of his grandfather to tobacco use when he was only 59 years old. This loss prompted Cayman to try and safeguard others from this kind of loss through joining campaigns for tobacco-free kids and teens in our community and beyond.

Blake visited the Indiana House Committee on Public Health while in the sixth grade at Madison Elementary to share his support in regards to raising taxes on cigarettes. Though the house bill did not pass the full house vote, he has continued working to enrich the lives of others by continuing to raise. In January 2019, Cayman has again been invited to participate and speak before the House Panel. In addition to this, his personal story will be released around Indiana over the next several weeks in preparation of the next legislative session beginning in January 2019.

On Dec. 17, the Warsaw Community School Board of Trustees was proud to honor Blake for his mission to enrich the lives of others. His quest to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco use and advocacy against childhood tobacco use has inspired many locally and throughout the state.

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