Students from across the County recently gathered at Graceville High School and participated in "SWAT it with Character," the theme for a Tobacco Prevention Youth Event held Wednesday, June 11th. SWAT, an acronym for Students Working Against Tobacco, was the focus of the event. The Character Council of Florida hosted 180 students who participated in the Jackson County WINGS summer program which is conducted at Graceville, Malone, Cottondale, Marianna and Grand Ridge schools.
With partial funding from a mini grant received from the Jackson County Health Department through the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, the Character Council, headquartered in Marianna, developed a hands-on curriculum allowing students to rotate through four educational and fun sessions led by volunteers from the Character Council of Florida, Melvin Engineering and several teenage leaders.
Students learned how demonstrating character qualities such as Self-Control and Responsibility helps them make positive choices when faced with peer pressure. Small group discussions, games and skits were a huge hit.
Each student was required to take a pre and post test. Upon completion of the post test, they were given a raffle ticket for door prize drawings and a "SWAT it with Character" t-shirt. Through the generosity of our donors, Melvin Engineering, Dr. Larry Cook, Character Council of Florida, and the grant, many students won items such as Wal-Mart, Subway and Burger King gift cards, electric toothbrush, digital camera and portable DVD player.
All students were encouraged to remember…. "The choices you make today, will determine your future"! For information regarding how Character can determine success in your organization, contact the Character Council of Florida at 850.482.0001 or visit our website: www.characterfla.org.