Butt Ugly program gets funding

The award-winning Butt Ugly Anti-Tobacco Program has received $5,000 from the Red Deer and District Community Foundation. Butt Ugly was created in Red Deer in 1995 and is a registered charity.

The award-winning Butt Ugly Anti-Tobacco Program has received $5,000 from the Red Deer and District Community Foundation.

Butt Ugly was created in Red Deer in 1995 and is a registered charity. It is a cornerstone of tobacco reduction education in the area.

Each fall, Butt Ugly tours middle schools in Red Deer and Central Alberta as students from Red Deer high schools put on the program for students in Grades 6 and 7.

This in-school programming promotes healthy choices, with a focus on tobacco-free lifestyles, through educational dramatic enactments, student interaction, tobacco refusal skill training and problem solving.

Butt Ugly has received grant funding from the Red Deer and District Community Foundation for nearly 10 years, said Kristine Bugayong, the acting operations manager of the community foundation.

The Red Deer and District Community Foundation is a locally governed, privately funded, public foundation and is focused on building a permanent endowment to serve communities in Central Alberta.

The foundation’s grants cater to all sectors, such as arts and culture, the environment, seniors, community development and education.

The deadline for registered charities to apply for the next round of grant funding is April 2, 2013, at 4:30 p.m.