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School Resource Officer Heather Montgomery talks to students at Bakken Elementary on Thursday about the dangers of alcohol, drugs and violence as part of the D.A.R.E. program.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) has made a return to the Williston Public School District under the guidance of school resource officer Heather Montgomery.

It’s been about three years since the district has participated in the D.A.R.E. program, though similar programs like CounterACT have been used to discuss the issues of alcohol, drugs and violence. With its return, Montgomery has spent an hour a day with 75 of Bakken Elementary’s fifth-grade students.

From her perspective, it’s been going really well. Now that the district has two school resource officers, Montgomery said it’s cost-effective to bring back the D.A.R.E. program.

She will attend her own D.A.R.E. training this summer and hopes to expand into a 10-week course for the school.

Not only do students receive a crash course in the effects of drugs and alcohol, they learn D.A.R.E.’s methodology, which includes assessing situations and responding responsibly.

Already she’s heard of the practices extending into the classroom, according to the school’s teachers.

Bakken Elementary students will graduate from the program on Friday, when they will receive their official D.A.R.E. shirts from the program that was enacted in 1983.

From Williston Herald