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Clay County Will Pilot Students Working Against Tobacco at Middleburg Elementary School
June 1, 2018

On June 1st, 2018, Clay County SWAT Coordinator Joy Moritz presented to 26 different groups of students at Middleburg Elementary. 

Middleburg Elementary is joining Clay County’s SWAT program by starting a 5th grade club in the 2018-19 school year.  Clay County is very excited about piloting this 5th grade program next year and wanted to get a step ahead by educating and encouraging the students about why it is important to remain tobacco free and join forces with Students Working Against Tobacco. 

“It’s imperative to start educating our youth as early as possible because they are being targeted by the time they reach elementary school,” said Candace Osteen, Clay County Tobacco Prevention Specialist, “It’s our goal to make an impact on the lives of our youth because most lifelong tobacco users begin using these products between 11-17 years of age.”

This presentation allowed students to learn more about the SWAT program, the dangers of tobacco products, and why our mission is so important.  This small group setting also allowed for students to ask questions and have fun learning more about choosing to be tobacco free.  Below are a few candid photos for the day.