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Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee County sponsors Santa in the Park
January 5, 2024

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee County is proud to have partnered with the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee for the 46th Annual Santa in the Park.  The event ran from December 16-22 and involved over 28 Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Youth and a host of community partners.

Our SWAT Youth was an integral part of this year’s event, which ran from 6-8 p.m. each evening in the Okeechobee town gazebo. The students helped with crowd control, picture taking, and communicating with parents. Not only were they “Santa’s Helpers”, but these students raised awareness about harmful tobacco by wearing their SWAT shirts, setting up a SWAT booth with literature, and networking with community decision makers and leaders on new initiatives in the SWAT Club of Okeechobee County.

Santa in the Park is historically a well-attended event in Okeechobee, drawing numerous families with children each year. Furthermore, the event is always attended by the Okeechobee Mayor and several local elected officials.  This has been a wonderful opportunity for our Program Manager, Tobacco Prevention Specialist, and SWAT to educate our community about tobacco free social norms.  Many of our SWAT Youth peers attend this event and have been encouraged to join the Okeechobee SWAT Club. This has also been an opportunity for our SWAT Youth to gain service hours and credits towards their SWAT graduation honor cord.

  The Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee County is dedicated to the creation of tobacco-free social norms through a combination of community education, youth advocacy and changes in local tobacco policies.  The mission of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee County reflects the goals of the CDC Best Practices, especially in regard to changes in local tobacco policies to create and promote tobacco-free social norms.    

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee County is facilitated by the QuitDoc Foundation. Learn more at  To learn more about the partnership or to get involved, visit: or email Tobacco Program Manager, Courtney Moyett at