D.A.R.E. Grads Celebrate Life Skills Training at St. Joseph’s
From Shoreline Beacon.
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SAUGEEN SHORES – The acronym D.A.R.E. means different things to different grade five students in Saugeen Shores – but to all, of them, it offers practical life skills.
Reading from a mandatory D.A.R.E. essay, St. Joseph’s Catholic School student Sierra Clark, 10, said the program will help her make smart choices, whether the letters stand for the Define, Assess, Respond and Evaluate, or the older Drug Awareness and Resistance Education.
“I’ve used the D.A.R.E. decision-making model with my sister,” Clark told fellow students, teachers and Saugeen Shores Police Service officers at the D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony June 1 at the school, which featured T-shirts, medals, certificates and cake.
Clark explained that after using the D.A.R.E decision-making process, she decided not to lock her sister out of the house during a stressful situation.
Student Georgia Alpajero said D.A.R.E. was “fun and educational” and taught her to make smart decisions.
Along with the D.A.R.E. decision-making model, Alpajero said she learned better communication skills, how to recognize and combat stress, how to deal with bullies, and how to listen effectively.
“I will make smart decisions, and I won’t end up using cigarettes, cigars, too much alcohol, or bad drugs. When I have a business, I will be able to make smart, profitable choices…” she said.
Grade five teacher Scott Moorehead was unsure if the D.A.R.E. program works in the classroom, but knows it helps students in social situations.
“(D.A.R.E.) can’t hurt, for sure. It kind of is piggy-backing on what we always teach in class about how to deal with bullies, help others and make good decisions,” Moorehead.
Saugeen Shores Constable Ken Cook, one of three D.A.R.E. program educators, said the program works because it has evolved to remain current.
“It is more life skills – there is a lesson about drugs and alcohol, but it is one of 10 lessons – it is more of a special thing now to teach them life skills and good decision-making skills,” Const. Cook said.
The D.A.R.E. program was offered to all grade five Saugeen Shores students this school year.