Bethel Springs 6th Grade DARE Graduation
Submitted by: Christie Roach
On Friday, April 15, 2011, sixth graders at BSES completed their DARE program with a graduation ceremony. Deputy James McNeil has taught them to just say no to drugs and alcohol. Students wrote essays describing what the DARE program meant to them. The following students were selected as the overall winners and received prizes for their hard work: Keenan Davis, Dylan Crabb, Kaitlyn Isbell, and Zach Burney.
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a police officer led series of classroom lessons that teaches our children- from kindergarten through high school- that popularity can be found in positive behavior. This year millions of school children around the world will benefit from Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It is a highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. The program also shows students that belonging does not require them to abandon their values. They are taught that self-confidence and self-worth come from asserting themselves and resisting destructive temptations.
D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation’s school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world.
D.A.R.E teaches students not just that they should refuse drugs and alcohol, and not participate in violent activities, but how to do so. D.A.R.E. goes beyond the traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs. It gives children the skills needed to recognize and resist subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities.
The teachers, faculty, and students at Bethel Springs Elementary would like to express a sincere thanks to Officer James McNeil and Sheriff Guy Buck for making this day possible.