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Our Local Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Chapter Continues its Mission as the World Grinds to a "Virtual" Halt!
May 31, 2020

Late spring brought us the news of schools being dismissed only to find out shortly that it would be online school for the rest of the year. This unique situation was not biased; it disrupted the lives of youth and adults alike.

Learning how to "social distance" and be safe from COVID-19 were just a few of the new realities.  How to continue our local SWAT Clubs and keep them engaged was also a question at hand.  One of the biggest questions was how would we recognize the hard work of the Graduating SWAT Seniors?

This year the Tobacco Free Partnership of Clay County submitted a full-page ad in the Clay Today to recognize our senior SWAT members and wish them luck for years to come.

In adition, Clay County SWAT coordinator Sheryl Mize had to make meetings different than just "school", and this generation was tired of being online if you can believe it.  Zoom, Zoom, Zoom quickly became a way for many to communicate and keep things as normal as possible.

Clay County held a Chapter SWAT call in April, unusual for us as we have 10 clubs that usually meet right after or just before school. So to have all schools in one virtual meeting was great!  But how could we make this different and keep them engaged? The SWAT coordinator did a Tobacco Trivia slide presentation where the youth earned BIG Bragging rights for winning the short list of correctly answered questions. Questions included what they enjoyed most about the unique situation that we are al experieincing and what they were doing to keep things positive during this time. We had all clubs participate in the call which was a huge success for our Clay County SWAT clubs.


Clay County SWAT youth were also able to participate in the community this quarter by distributing handouts to different Walgreens locations for Tobacco Free Florida Week. The handouts included information on Ways to Quit Smoking and the dangers of tobacco and electronic nicotine dispensing systems (ENDS).

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Clay County would like to thank all SWAT advisors and SWAT members on a great job spreading awareness on the dangers of tobacco/ENDS products and look for another successful year on 2020/2021!