Catahoula Parish 4-H members participated in the Tobacco-free service-learning project. The goal of this project was to reduce the use of tobacco products among the students in Catahoula Parish as well as the general population.
Rapides Foundation funded a grant in the amount of $50,000 to the public schools in Catahoula Parish. The 4-H clubs partnered with the school bodies and faculties to plan and carry out the activities. Students and 4-H'ers attended rallies and listened to speakers, set up displays for the public to view at local ballgames and health fairs, placed signs in their schools, went to the State Capitol to meet with legislators and gave short speeches to other students in an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco use. As a celebration, students attended a Kick Butts Day in which there were fun games and activities. Each student received a t-shirt. The project lasted 240 hours and reached 250 people as of 5/30/2009.