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41 Elementary Schools Attend Tennessee Smokies Health and Safety Day on May 12

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, approximately 5,500 fourth-grade students, teachers and parents representing 41 elementary schools in the Knox County Schools will attend the 23rd annual Tennessee Smokies Health and Safety Day at the Tennessee Smokies ballpark (3540 Line Drive, Kodak). The event focuses on education that supports healthy decisions for drug-free lifestyles, along with the development of overall good health and character. It is presented by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Cares.

Students will have the opportunity to meet Tennessee Smokies players, followed by a one-hour educational program that includes an anti-drug message and information on safety and nutrition. The crowd then will enjoy the Tennessee Smokies vs. Montgomery Biscuits baseball game beginning at 11:30 a.m., kicked off by the National Anthem to be sung by fourth graders in the Knox County Schools Elementary Honors Choir.

Traditionally, the first pitch is thrown by the fourth grader who was the top seller during the Knox County Schools Coupon Book campaign. This year, that honor will be shared by two students, who each sold 160 books. Throwing the first pitch this year will be Brayden Clapp, Corryton Elementary School, and Howie Sentell, Farragut Intermediate School.