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Clay County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Clubs Participate in Kick Butts Day
March 15, 2017

On March 15, Clay County SWAT Students participated in Kick Butts Day. Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. It is estimated more than 1,000 events took place in schools and communities across the United States and even around the world.

On Kick Butts Day, teachers, youth leaders and health advocates organize events to: raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or community; encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry's deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free; and urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco.  


In Clay County, our local clubs participated in a variety of activities. Oakleaf Junior High School and Wilkinson Junior High School students participated in a campus clean up. The club members organized a trash pickup and invited other students and clubs to help them. Lake Asbury Junior High school students created grave markers with tobacco facts on them and put them on display around the school. The students at Orange Park Junior High School signed a tobacco free pledge. Oakleaf High School and Orange Park High School created displays for their cafeteria. Middleburg High School students hosted a presentation during Bronco hour and Lakeside Junior High School had a photo booth set up in the cafeteria for students to use during lunch.

Kick Butts Day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The first Kick Butts Day was held in 1996 and the Clay County SWAT Clubs have been very active in the event over the years.