Nearly 200 students benefit from D.A.R.E.

Some of the nearly 50 D.A.R.E graduates from Notre Dame Elementary School pose for a photo Dec. 1. D.A.R.E graduations wrapped up for the season Tuesday. - Stephen Dafoe Phot0


Morinville RCMP would like to congratulate the 197 students that have graduated from the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program this fall. The D.A.R.E program was delivered at Namao School, Legal School, Notre-Dame School, Gibbons school and Camilla School this fall and all the graduation ceremonies wrapped up on Dec. 6.

D.A.R.E. is a comprehensive school-based drug prevention program taught by police officers to children at the Grade 5 and 6 level. The D.A.R.E. Officers partner with classroom teachers to build protective factors for children by providing information and social skills needed to live drug- and violence-free. Students are taught to use a four-step D.A.R.E decision making model designed to help them engage in critical thinking, empowering them to make healthy choices and take charge of their lives. It provides them the skills to analyse each decision and evaluate their choices. The program is usually delivered over a 10-week period, and each lesson is presented in a fun and factual way, designed to maximize student participation using an interactive workbook. D.A.R.E. is an effective crime prevention program. D.A.R.E. provides opportunities to establish positive relationships between police, children, parents, teachers and other community members.
The Morinville RCMP is pleased to support the D.A.R.E program and values their continued partnership with Sturgeon School Division and Greater St-Albert Catholic School Division.
Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch manages the funds required to offer the program to local students. Without their continued support, the D.A.R.E program wouldn’t be as successful.

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