Talofofo Elementary School 5th-grader Greyson Williams-Materne gets a congratulatory fist-pound from Sen. Chris Barnett during a May 7, 2024, commencement ceremony held for students who successfully completed the Guam Police Department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education, DARE, “Keeping it Real” [sic] program curriculum. The pilot program, offered by the Guam Department of Education and GPD’s Auxiliary Services Division, helps educate students to make safe and responsible choices, especially when encountering decisions relating to the temptations of drugs, resisting peer pressure and stress management. Rick Cruz/Pacific Daily News
Talofofo Elementary School 5th-grader Greyson Williams-Materne gets a congratulatory fist-pound from Sen. Chris Barnett during a May 7, 2024, commencement ceremony held for students who successfully completed the Guam Police Department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education, DARE, “Keeping it Real” [sic] program curriculum. The pilot program, offered by the Guam Department of Education and GPD’s Auxiliary Services Division, helps educate students to make safe and responsible choices, especially when encountering decisions relating to the temptations of drugs, resisting peer pressure and stress management. Rick Cruz/Pacific Daily News

From Pacific Daily News

For the first time in about 20 years, a new batch of elementary school students graduated from the Guam Police Department’s Drug Abuse Resistance, or D.A.R.E., Program at a commencement ceremony held Tuesday.

Some 31 fifth graders from Talofofo Elementary School got certificates for completing the D.A.R.E. curriculum.

Students learned how to “say no to drugs,” developing good decision-making skills, and “keep it real,” according to GPD Sgt. Paul Tapao, who instructed the 10-week course.

The D.A.R.E. program’s reactivation comes as concern about drug abuse, and especially methamphetamine abuse, is at a high. One in 17 people who died on Guam last year tested positive for meth, according to Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jeffrey Nine.

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PCA celebrates D.A.R.E. milestone

PCA celebrates D.A.R.E. milestone

From The Lufkin Daily News

Pineywoods Community Academy students wore their D.A.R.E. shirts to school Thursday as the school marked the 41st anniversary of the creation of the program. Started in 1983, the “Drug Abuse Resistance Education” program, or D.A.R.E., was…