Select Page

Future nurses, veterinarians, athletes and teachers vowed to reach their dreams by practicing a drug-free and healthy lifestyle during Gardnerville Elementary School’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) graduation ceremony.

More than 60 fifth-graders made promises to choose healthy lifestyles during last Friday’s event.

“D.A.R.E. is a very important program,” said fifth-grader Skylyn Rasmussen. “I think everyone and every school should teach it. It’s beneficial in teaching kids about peer pressure, drugs, alcohol and stress.”

Through the 12-week course, students learned about the harmful health effects of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. They also learned how to stand up to bullies, have confidence when dealing with peer pressure and how to make good choices through role play, games and other activities. The classes were taught by Douglas County Sheriff Deputy Chris Wiggins.

“There’s all these standardized tests and academic curriculums which is great and important, but the things that are not on those tests are probably the most important, and that’s teaching children how to make good choices and live a drug free an healthy life style,” said Sheriff Ron Pierini. “D.A.R.E. is that program.”

Pierini said D.A.R.E. also develops a positive relationship between kids and law enforcement officials.

Many students confirmed Pierini’s statement by saying they want to grow up to be peace officers — some students want to teach D.A.R.E. and others said their instructor became their friend and someone they could turn to in times of need.

The students presented essays on their response to the program and recited a D.A.R.E. rap before sharing their goals and vowing to stay drug-free to accomplish their dreams.

Briana Neben, Miss Douglas County, provided the graduates with the acronym “F-R-E-E” to help them remember their vows.

“Look around,” said Neben. “These are your friends, people you can turn to when you need help. They went through this program with you and know how to help you. Friends is the first word of our acronym. Resist is for the letter ‘R’. You have the tools, you know that healthy things are beneficial to you, so resist peer pressure and the temptation of unhealthy choices. The first ‘E’ is for esteem (self). Challenge yourself and set realistic dreams to pursue then fully invest in your goals. I know that no matter what goes on in your life, you will accomplish anything and boost your self-esteem. Our last ‘E’ is excited. I am so excited you have the tools to be drug free and make the right choices. I am excited to see what you do and accomplish in Douglas County because of your choices and commitment here today.”

From The Record-Courier

D.A.R.E. Graduation Honors More than 300 Students

More than 300 fifth-graders were honored at the annual graduation ceremony for the Dover Police Department’s Dover Middle School D.A.R.E. program held at the school on March 15. At the event, 305 fifth-grade students celebrated the completion of the D.A.R.E…

217 Graduate from MTES D.A.R.E Program

Fifth graders at Miami Trace Elementary School celebrated their graduation from D.A.R.E. on Wednesday. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. The purpose of the program is to help kids gain the awareness and skills to avoid involvement with drugs…

Avilla Schools D.A.R.E. Graduation

It’s graduation day at Avilla schools as 31 student complete the DARE program. Fifth and sixth grade students receive certificates in a ceremony to celebrate what they’ve learned in months of study from deputy Isaac Burley…

Sandy Run Elementary D.A.R.E. Graduation 2019

On January 4th, 2019, Master Deputy T. Snead, the D.A.R.E. Officer at Sandy Run Elementary, finished out his fifth grade classes. These 85 D.A.R.E. students were all looking good in their D.A.R.E. shirts. He invited Calhoun County Councilman Lt. Col (Ret) John D....

Siskiyou County D.A.R.E. Photos 2019

Pictures of Siskiyou County D.A.R.E. graduations and other photos taken at some schools in the area: Grenada Elementary, Delphic Elementary, Scott Valley Christian Academy and Montague Elementary. From Res Deputy Jim Jacobsen, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office…

Troy Students Graduate from D.A.R.E. Program

Several William B. Orenic Intermediate School students were recently recognized at the Shorewood Village Hall as D.A.R.E. program graduates. Back row from left: Shorewood Police Officer Weston Barlog, Mrs. America Nicole Cook, Sergeant James Butcher, Sergeant Nicholas...

Midlands Students Receive Big Donation at Annual D.A.R.E Graduation

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Midlands students graduated from the D.A.R.E. program on Monday and the program also received a big donation, too. The ceremony was a part of Satchel Ford Elementary School’s D.A.R.E. program graduation. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse…

 
 
 
 
 
 

Purchase D.A.R.E. Merchandise & Workbooks