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Highlands County Students Working Against Tobacco Prepare for the 2018-2019 School Year
September 5, 2018

The SWAT Chapter of Highlands County held its first summer program in June and July. Typically, the SWAT Chapter is relatively quiet in the summertime since school is out and people are vacationing, however when the SWAT advisors mentioned a summer program, members were ALL in!

The main focus this year was teambuilding and electronic cigarette education in conjunction with the #notalabrat campaign. SWAT youth and advisors met every Tuesday from 9AM – 1PM and although attendance was not as high as a typical SWAT meeting, it was nice to have SWAT members from different clubs all in the same place.

“We rarely have SWAT Chapter meetings, only individual club meetings, so it was nice for some of the other SWAT members to meet their peers from other schools,” said Amanda John, Tobacco Prevention Specialist in Highlands County. “We did icebreakers, teambuilding and learned so many neat ways to incorporate the #notalabrat campaign in the upcoming school year.”

There were also plans made for park clean ups, tobacco prevention holidays and a yearly SWAT Chapter meeting.  The summer program was an awesome refresher for SWAT members and they are looking forward to wonderful things this fall!

For more information on the SWAT Program in Highlands County, please contact Amanda John at