Drug Abuse Resistance Education, the program that strives to keep children happy, healthy and drug-free, graduated 11 Covenant Academy students Monday.
“I would like to thank Alan Smith for allowing me to teach DARE here,” said school resource officer Jarvis Johnson to the teachers of Covenant Academy. “Also, I would like to thank you for allowing me to come into your classroom and take up you valuable time to teach your children. Their parents, I’m sure, thank you for allowing that.”
DARE is taught in elementary schools and aims to prepare students for times ahead when they may be tempted by drugs or alcohol. It is also designed to help students make good life decisions, while at the same time familiarizing them with law enforcement since classes are generally taught by policemen or deputies. DARE was founded in 1983 and is taught in schools across the United States.
The program is 10 weeks long and includes sessions on responsible choices, responding to peer pressure and stress, effective communication, how to report bullying and the different types of bullying, health problems from tobacco use, the dangers of using alcohol underage, effective listening, being a good citizen and knowing how to help others, and having a health network.
Graduating from the program were Hunter Bernhardt, Lanya Byars, Maddie Gibbs, Caleb Hines, Kaylen Elizabeth Jacobs, Mackenzie Mills, Lydia Netherton, Chase Newby, Collin Panter, Vansh Patel, and Cassie Sharpe.
Students were required to write an essay to receive their graduation certificate. DARE awards: Patel, first place; Gibbs, second place; Mills, third place; Sharpe, fourth place. Netherton was presented a Citizenship Award.
Instructors in the DARE program must go through 80 hours of in-service for specialized training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills.