Sixth grade essay and participation award winners pictured with Deputy Phillip Ryan are Beckett Nelson, Alaina Wolff, London LaFortune, Mason Mergen, Madelyn Krempges, and Nixie May-Duncan.

Last week we had a graduation of sorts. On Dec. 8 our sixth graders were given awards acknowledging their work focusing on Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.). All students were each awarded certificates of completion. Medals were awarded to winners of each class’s essay winner, while t-shirts and stuffed animals were given to students exhibiting high participation, positive attitude and great citizenship.

In its more than 30-year history, D.A.R.E. education program has provide students with the knowledge and tools then need to resist drugs, alcohol, and other high risk behaviors. D.A.R.E.’s programming has been implemented in thousands of schools throughout the United States and many other countries. D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.

Our new School Resource Officer, Deputy Phillip Ryan, completed the instruction over the first semester. This is Ryan’s first time teaching the lessons, which focus on: Risky situations, responding to pressure, peer pressure, effective communication, making safe and responsible decisions, bullying, being a good citizen, and stress. The acronym REAL is a large part of the curriculum and teaches youth four ways to refuse drug/alcohol offers – Refuse, Explain, Avoid and Leave.

Sixth grade essay and participation award winners pictured with Deputy Ryan are Beckett Nelson, Alaina Wolff, London LaFortune, Mason Mergen, Madelyn Krempges, and Nixie May-Duncan.

By Fran Ruesink, Dell Rapids Middle School Principal

Award Nominations for the 2021 D.A.R.E. Awards

Award Nominations for the 2021 D.A.R.E. Awards

D.A.R.E. America is accepting nominations for the 2021 Awards:

  • D.A.R.E. Law Enforcement Executive of the Year, 
  • Daryl F. Gates D.A.R.E. Lifetime Achievement, 
  • D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year, and

Recipients of these prestigious awards…

Andrea Cook Receives Lifetime D.A.R.E. Graduate Award

Andrea Cook Receives Lifetime D.A.R.E. Graduate Award

"I am humbled and flattered to receive the D.A.R.E. Lifetime Graduate Award. Safety and making good decisions will follow through with our students for their entire lives. Good decision making results in positive self-esteem and an attitude (with the) ability to make...

Osage Student Wins State D.A.R.E. Essay Contest

Osage Student Wins State D.A.R.E. Essay Contest

A school-wide celebration was held last week in honor of Osage Middle School student Ashley Muhs, who won the 2018-19 state D.A.R.E. essay contest. Muhs, who is a seventh-grader this fall, wasn’t able to attend the state D.A.R.E. convention over the summer to read her winning essay aloud…

Local School Resource Officer, Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl, Recognized by the State

Local School Resource Officer, Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl, Recognized by the State

Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl is this year’s Larry R. Cox D.A.R.E Officer of the Year. “I love doing what I’m doing. I love coming here to Otsego. Couldn’t imagine being anywhere else,” said Ruckstuhl. The D.A.R.E officer has been teaching D.A.R.E classes at Otsego Local Schools for 6 years…

Fifth-Grade Student Wins Kansas D.A.R.E Essay Contest

Fifth-Grade Student Wins Kansas D.A.R.E Essay Contest

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A fifth-grade student from El Paso Elementary School has been named the winner of the D.A.R.E essay contest, according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Lauren Wilson, a 5th-grade student from Derby Kansas, participated in the Derby...

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