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Highlands County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Celebrate World No Tobacco Day
May 31, 2015

The Highlands County SWAT Chapter has done an outstanding job this quarter, and is ending this school year with a bang by celebrating World No Tobacco Day.

The SWAT Clubs at Avon Park Middle School, Hill Gustat Middle School, Lake Placid Middle School, and Avon Park Middle School made posters to hang in the cafeteria and other high traffic areas in the schools. They also took pictures in front of them and posted them to their social media accounts with their own clever World No Tobacco Day hashtags. The students were excited about this because it caused quite the buzz with students all over campus the following day, and gave SWAT members the opportunity to promote SWAT and bring attention to the purpose of World No Tobacco Day.

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“I love seeing the students get so pumped about raising awareness to their peers. We are so lucky in Highlands County to have some of the most positive and inspirational students around and the SWAT Chapter is stronger because of it,” said Amanda John, Tobacco Prevention Specialist in Highlands County. “ I am sad to see this year come to an end, but looking forward to learning new things over the summer to make the Highlands County SWAT Chapter even stronger in the Fall!

The SWAT Chapter will lose a few valuable students this year that are moving up to High School, but the clubs have already begun planning their recruitment events for the beginning of the next school year and are sure to make up the students that were lost.

The SWAT Chapter and PAC Clubs will be hosting a training/leadership day towards the end of the summer, but the details have not yet been released. This will be an opportunity for existing members to get together again, learn more about Tobacco, Alcohol, other drugs, and positive behaviors and also participate in a teambuilding and leadership training. More information will be available about this event as soon as possible.

For more information about SWAT and upcoming events, please contact Amanda John, Tobacco Prevention Specialist, at