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Fourth Graders Learn about Healthy Decisions, Enjoy a Day at the Ballpark

With the enticing smell of ballpark hot dogs and a hum of excitement in the air, about 5,500 fourth-grade students, teachers and parents representing 41 elementary schools in the Knox County Schools attended the 23rd annual Tennessee Smokies Health and Safety Day at the Tennessee Smokies ballpark on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The event focuses on education that supports healthy decisions for drug-free lifestyles, along with the development of overall good health and character. It was presented by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Cares.

Students enjoyed an educational program that included an anti-drug message and information on safety and nutrition. They also met many of the Tennessee Smokies players before watching the Tennessee Smokies vs. Montgomery Biscuits baseball game. Just prior to the game, fourth graders in the Knox County Schools Elementary Honors Choir presented a lovely rendition of the National Anthem.

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 was shared by two students, who each sold 160 books. Throwing the first pitch this year was Brayden Clapp, Corryton Elementary School, and Howie Sentell, Farragut Intermediate School.