Here I go with the acronyms again! Believe me, once you start on saying all that SWAT terminology, you just can’t stop.
“Well, folks (I’ve decide to write this somewhat as if I was on some game show like The Price is Right.), this fine evening at 6:20 p.m. on the dot you can become a winner. A winner of what kind of prize, you ask? The best kind! A blog written by our very own (drum rolling with some light band music plays while the spotlight turns to a stage with me on it smiling and wearing some corny Price-is-Right-appropriate-attire)… AP! (Guy does fake stage whisper) And, no, it doesn’t actually stand for Anonymous Person (Audience laughs as if they’ve been tickled by the Tickle Monster)!”
Okay, I can’t do it anymore. I have that game show voice stuck in my head and all I can think of is the bright colored stage for The Price is Right. But I presume that you caught my drift, right, SWAT-vocates?
There is an award like Mr. Right said. And it’s not an award you get from spinning wheels and guessing numbers. I know this is a weighty statement, but it is one of the best awards! Yes, SWAT-vocates, I typed it. It’s staring off the computer screen at you and you are excited because you want the best award, of course.
There’s a saying that people say increasingly often during Christmastime: “It’s better to give than to receive.” As we SWAT-vocates are completely and utterly unselfish, we’re giving the award to each other.
Each week, I will write my normal blog and include a brief “P.S.” section. The youth that have been selected for the award that week, one newbie and one oldie, will be recognized with a whole paragraph about the two of them (And it’s gonna be a lengthy one!)
The reason we are giving the award to both oldies and newbies? Each of you are special. You all bring something new and wonderful to the table; you each contribute in some way.
An example of the Y2Y award format would be this:
P.S. Zach V. is certainly a newbie. Starting SWAT in the fall of 2010, Zach has already been chosen for his school’s leadership team! With creative and innovative ideas, he has transformed my county’s KBD event. Christian A.’s “oldiness” contrasts greatly with the newness of 6th grader Zach. However, Christian has proven to be a dedicated, informed, and passionate member of the SWAT program. A member since 2008, Christian’s sense of humor and involvement have helped to carry him up to where he is today: Chiefland Middle School SWAT Chair and Vice Chair of the Levy Coalition Against Tobacco. Both boys are excited to be a part of the SWAT program and are committed to making a difference. Through their advocacy work, I am confident that they will push Big Tobacco down.
Pass it on,
P.S. You can anticipate a one week delay, as your application will have to be approved by a few people before it gets on the blog. I know it’s hard to wait so long, but you can do it! Persevere!