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Indian River Students Working Against Tobacco Hosts "Wild About SWAT" Event
May 22 , 2014

Two of the four Indian River SWAT clubs participated in a Wild About SWAT Chapter event on May 22, 2014. 

After school, fifteen Fellsmere and Oslo SWAT students partnered for an informative afternoon at Jaycee Park in Vero Beach. Tobacco Free Partnership volunteers Brady Ballard (Historic Dodgertown VP) and Larry Spurlock manned the grill for a hungry crew of adolescents and adults.

Wild About SWAT

Volunteer Franny Watford, RN assisted SWAT advisors Marie Blanchard, Rasheedah Ahmad, and Maria Lopez with youth educational activities. After a team-building scavenger hunt where students from each club were paired up with someone they didn’t know, all students participated in "Tobacco Prevention Beach Ball". Tobacco knowledge was tested with questions located on the beach ball as it was caught. Students were very knowledgeable about the negative consequences of using tobacco and dangerous chemicals contained in tobacco.

When asked open ended questions about what they would do during the summer if tempted by peers to use a tobacco product, students talked about the yucky way it would taste or smell and said they would tell their friends they want to stay healthy by staying away from tobacco. 

SWAT Event

For more information on the SWAT program in Indian River County, contact Leslie Spurlock at