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Marion County SWAT Youth Celebrate Kick Butts Day

Students across Marion County took part in Kick Butts Day events the week of March 18, 2013.  Kick Butts Day, an annual event created by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, is a day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco at more than 1,300 events across the United States and around the world. 

Spearheaded by the efforts of SWAT Advisor Ms. Phyllis Sherman, students at Fort King Middle School were treated to a week of activities related to tobacco prevention and cessation.  In addition to a daily tobacco trivia question, on Wednesday students hosted a Kick Butts Health Fair and Field Day.  Typical field games such as ring toss, basketball toss, and balloon popping were given an anti-tobacco spin.  SWAT students hosted various educational booths including “Where in the Body,” “What’s in a Cigarette,” and “The Dangers of Chewing Tobacco”.  On Friday, Fort King was privileged to have Mr. Bill Cousins speak about his son’s battle with cancer caused by tobacco.

Fort King SWAT 

At Howard Middle School, SWAT students hosted a lunchtime bowling/trivia game.  Teachers and students both enjoyed the event. As SWAT Advisor Coach Shelton remarked, “They are having so much fun, and even learning!”  We look forward to more event s in the future.

Howard MS SWAT 

For more information about Kick Butts Day, visit  For more information about SWAT, or to start a SWAT chapter in your organization, contact Jessie King at