Martin County Students Working Against Tobaco (SWAT) Clubs Get Creative This School Year!
September 1, 2020

As schools reopen and students return to the classrooms, either home or in person, the Martin County SWAT Clubs are redefining their “new normal” to strengthen efforts to prevent tobacco use among youth during very different times.

With in person meetings presenting a new challenge, some clubs have turned virtual.  Ms. DeVito at Hidden Oaks Middle School is hosting club meetings via Zoom, with students concentrating their efforts on Red Ribbon Week projects.  They are picking up materials at school and creating projects at home, including tobacco prevention posters.  They are gearing up for Red Ribbon Week and are sure to have a successful event!

Ms. Bishop at Murray Middle School has been busy behind the scenes arranging safe in person meetings during lunch time for students who have returned to campus.  Her club already has six new members!  They will be focusing on the Not A Lab Rat campaign this year, and look forward to educating their peers on the dangers of electronic cigarette products.

At Indiantown Middle School, Ms. Morgester is utilizing PADLET to create a SWAT google classroom.  Students are encouraged to post interesting facts about teens and tobacco-related product use.  The SWAT Team will reward the most interesting facts!

Regardless of how they are meeting, the SWAT advisors and club members in Martin County are committed to continuing their efforts to reduce and eliminate youth tobacco and electronic cigarette use in Martin County.  Particularly as complications from COVID place tobacco users more at risk, their commitment is steadfast to save their generation from a lifetime of nicotine addiction.

For more information on the SWAT Program in Floirda, visit swatflorida.com.