Officer Ross Marshall of the Indianola Police Department, who also serves as a new D.A.R.E. instructor, congratulates Indianola fifth graders as they graduate from the program on April 25. Photo courtesy of the Indianola PD

This probably isn’t the D.A.R.E that you remember. According to the new instructor in Indianola, it’s better – and already making a difference for local kids.

During Monday’s regular meeting, the Indianola School Board heard an update on the local program from Officer Ross Marshall of the Indianola Police Department, who taught D.A.R.E. this school year to Indianola fifth graders.

“I want to thank all of you guys for letting me teach here and bring this program back,” Marshall told the board. “I thought it was a phenomenal year for me and for the kids.”

Marshall taught 10 weekly lessons tied to the D.A.R.E. America curriculum, which was founded in 1983. But whereas the emphasis years ago was drug prevention, today’s lessons “teach students good decision-making skills that will help them lead safe and healthy lives and cope with high-risk circumstances including drugs, alcohol, violence, bullying, and internet safety…”

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