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D.A.R.E. is making a difference in Chickasaw County.

Houston, Houlka and Okolona have all hosted D.A.R.E. graduation ceremonies over the last two months and that means every fifth grader in Chickasaw County has heard the critical message of this national program.

The program is an education program that was founded in 1983 as a means to fight illegal drug use among students. It has broadened into programs on alcohol abuse, tobacco, bullying and internet safety because our world – yes, even Chickasaw County – has changed dramatically.

Every generation has to explain to the next how drugs, violence, alcohol and tobacco can ruin your health and your life. Many parents and grandparents don’t know how to talk to their 5th grader about drug abuse and certainly not bullying or internet sex and safety.

So your Chickasaw Journal is glad to see all schools in this county implementing a D.A.R.E. program. Okolona was first more than a dozen years ago, followed by Houlka more than 10 years ago and Houston last year.

D.A.R.E. is funded with taxpayer money, both state and federal, and our very own State Representative Preston Sullivan (D-Okolona) was influential in getting a law passed that takes funds from every drug related ticket written in this county and using that money to fund D.A.R.E.

There are those who say DARE is not effective and just takes valuable classroom time away from students and teachers.

This newspaper feels if our community is doing something to help kids learn how to make good choices, it needs to continue. Not every child will be saved. But some will.

We’ve gone through the meth epidemic and are in the midst of the opioid epidemic. We also live in a society that says might makes right and condones violence and bullying.

And if parents are not teaching their children how to make good choices, our schools should.

D.A.R.E. is one of the ways this community – this county – can help our children live better lives.

From Chickasaw Journal

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