Graduating class of Drug Abuse Resistance Education program
The Wall Elementary fifth grade class received certificates, pins and red t-shirts on Wednesday, May 2, when they graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. Deputy Rick McPherson instructor for the program, Deputy Darren Ginn and Game Warden Jamin Hartland shook hands and congratulated students as they came forward to receive their awards.
Deputy McPherson taught the program to 17 fifth graders who were taught skills to avoid alcohol, drugs or tobacco, peer pressure and bullying. Deputy McPherson said, “The big topic of the program this year was helping students with peer pressure and bullying.” McPherson announced the winners of the essay contest: first - Terel Eisenbraun, second - Jaicee Williams, third - Jack Ermish and tied for fourth - Shelby Ruland and Jacob Bielmaier.
D.A.R.E. officers also pick one student who is an exemplary role mode in-class as well as out-of-class. McPherson announced that Jaicee Williams was the deserving recipient. Jaicee received the D.A.R.E. mascot stuffed animal, named Darin.
Students in the class also received basketballs and footballs from the school for graduating from D.A.R.E.
D.A.R.E. report first place winner Terel Eisenbraun’s essay:
D.A.R.E. stands for Define, Assess, Respond and Evaluate. I have learned a bunch of bad things about alcohol and many other drugs. I have learned that if you sniff, touch or eat any drug you can die instantly and I hope I never think about doing drugs. I have learned about peer pressure and how you need to look the person in the eye so they know you are serious.
I have learned that there are 200 known poisons in cigarette smoke. That is important because if I ever thought about smoking I would remember that it has 200 poisons in it. I have learned about the warning signs on the cigarette boxes. If I ever thought about smoking I might buy a pack and look at the warning signs and say this is the number one cause of lung cancer and I wouldn’t do it. I have learned to always say no to any kind of drug or alcohol and if someone is peer pressuring me or not. I have also learned that 3,000 nonsmokers die a year from second hand smoking. This will help me because I will know that when someone is smoking I will leave. I have learned that tobacco or drugs will stain your teeth and give you bad breath. I have also learned that it will slow down your breathing and will make you dizzy and also make you worse at sports and sports are a very big part of my life and I love them so I would never do anything that can hurt me at sports. This all made a big influence on me because I want to be a good person and not do drugs.
The skills I have learned are very important and they will help me throughout life. I pledge to never do drugs, drink or smoke. I pledge to be a good person and avoid peer pressure. I want to thank you, Deputy McPherson, for all the things you have taught me and for using your time to come teach us. I pledge to remember these skills you have taught me and use them. I really hope to remember these skills as long as I live.
Second place winner Jaicee Williams essay:
Lots of people think drinking, smoking and doing drugs is cool. Guess what, though, it’s not!
D.A.R.E. has taught me lots of things that I didn’t know. Did you know smoking and drinking hurts your whole body? Tobacco can give you gum, lung and heart cancer. Tobacco can also make your teeth yellow and fall out. Tobacco affects your whole body. too. Marijuana is addictive. D.A.R.E. taught me that you can grow it, it is a type of smoke and it is illegal in the United States. Marijuana has more tar in it than a cigarette. When you take marijuana the pupils in your eyes get small and you loose your concentration. D.A.R.E. helped me learn that alcohol advertising is everywhere. D.A.R.E. also taught me not to believe what is in the advertisement. Ads are everywhere for alcohol. They are on your computers, TVs and in stores. They are also on toys, T-shirts and billboards and on posters. Don’t be fooled by the ads!
D.A.R.E. stands for two things. One is a decision-making model and the other tells what D.A.R.E. does. The decision-making model one is, define, assess, respond and evaluate. The other one is, Drug Abuse Resistance Education.
Our D.A.R.E. officer, Deputy Rick McPherson, showed us what peer pressure feels like. He pretended to be someone, our older brother, our best friend or a person we don’t know and offered us a pretend cigarette or beer. We would say no and he would start pressuring us. He would start saying things like, “Why don’t you want it, it’s fine,” or “What are you? A chicken,” or, “Hey! Why’d you tell mom and dad about the beer under my bed?!” It was hard work but we persuaded him that beer or cigarettes aren’t good for your health.
We have a D.A.R.E. box where we write down questions and he answers them for us. One person asked, “How many drugs are there?” and he answered, “More than I can think of.”
We have a D.A.R.E. book that we do activities in. We use our decision-making model in the book a lot to answer questions.
D.A.R.E. has me 1) stay away from drugs and 2) the cops are everywhere to protect me from illegal things.
Next week we will hear from the third and fourth winners of the D.A.R.E. essay contest.