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The top ten essay writers. Back left to right: Trustin Williams, Jaylan Perigo, Emily Sherrill, Anna Clark, and Allison Jones Middle: Sadie Prather, Daylen Prather and Gracie Carter Front: Drew Henderson and Grant Goodell

On November 17, 2016, all 5th grade students at Skiatook Intermediate Elementary successfully completed and graduated the D.A.R.E. program.

The top two essay winners were Trustin Williams and Lillie Sherrill with Officer Johnny Adams.

Students attended class for ten weeks on Drug Abuse Resistance Education offered by Skiatook Schools’ resource officer, Johnny Adams. To graduate from D.A.R.E. students were required to demonstrate their understanding of the decision making model when encountering difficult circumstances such as bullying, peer pressure and substance abuse.

The graduation consisted of a party with pizza, drinks and a small ceremony recognizing their accomplishments. Each student was required to write an essay detailing what they learned during D.A.R.E. and how they planned to use it in the future.

Ten students were recognized for their outstanding performance on the essay: Trustin Williams, Jaylan Perigo, Emily Sherrill, Anna Clark, Allison Jones, Sadie Prather, Daylen Prather, Gracie Carter, Drew Henderson and Grant Goodell.

The top two essay winners were Trustin Williams and Lillie Sherrill who will also be recognized in the Skiatook Christmas Parade. All students received gifts for completing the class including a D.A.R.E. certificate.

Since 1983, D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) has demonstrated leadership in the prevention of drug abuse. The D.A.R.E. program is successful by the combined efforts of Law Enforcement, Education, and Prevention Science. D.A.R.E.’s Keepin’ it REAL Elementary curriculum prevents drug use by developing basic skills needed for safe and responsible choices. These skills extend beyond drugs to health and mature choices in life.

The ten lessons are arranged in a scaffolding process, starting with the basics about responsibility and decision making and then building on each other allowing students to develop their own responses to real life situations.

The D.A.R.E. keepin’ it REAL Elementary Curriculum’s new theme of safe and responsible choices provides a framework for teaching about decision making, risk, stress, communication, peer pressure, while providing the student with the information about drugs they need to make informed choices. The videos, situations and role plays, and journaling gives students the opportunity to practice skills, write, and plan for the future.

Officer Johnny Adams truly enjoys his job as the school resource officer for the Skiatook Police Department and as a D.A.R.E instructor. “The thing I like most about my job as a D.A.R.E. officer is spending time with the kids. I love seeing their smiling faces and different personalities. If I can only reach one child and can make that difference in his or her life, then it is all worth it. That is my biggest reward,” said Officer Adams.

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