Everyday D.A.R.E. Stories
D.A.R.E. – From One Generation to the Next
D.A.R.E.’s impact continues to be long reaching not only geographically, but in the span of generations that have been influenced by this remarkable program. Marquita Richey, a D.A.R.E. student from Saltillo, Mississippi in the 1990’s, and the D.A.R.E. America Scholarship co-recipient in 2002, now hosts the new D.A.R.E. curriculum in her own 4th grade class in Saltillo, Mississippi. And who teaches the D.A.R.E. course? Marquita’s original D.A.R.E. Officer, Lieutenant Sheri Hall from the Lee County Sheriff’s Department!
One D.A.R.E. Instructor’s Story
As a police officer for 10 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Constable Rick Lemieux has seen his fair share of excitement chasing down his city’s criminal element. But when dozens of 6th grade students walk into the gym at West Earle Miller Public School for their D.A.R.E. graduation each year, it’s the knowledge they are walking away with that Lemieux calls his greatest accomplishment.
“This is the best experience I ever had as an officer — teaching D.A.R.E. is unmatched by anything I’ve ever done in my career.”
“A lot of people think D.A.R.E. is just about drugs, but it’s really about making good choices. I can say from personal experience that D.A.R.E. works,” says Lemieux. “The elementary school kids who are now in 11th and 12th grade see me and say thank you because someone offered them a cigarette or drugs and they thought of me and walked away.”
In His Own Words – One D.A.R.E. Student’s View
I feel that D.A.R.E. is a good idea because when kids in D.A.R.E. get to high school it can keep them from abusing drugs. Eventually, abusing drugs can cause someone to become violent, irresponsible, and make their children’s childhood very sad. I think it is important to be drug free and avoid violence. It could be the difference between living a long, healthy life or dying young, being sick a lot, or being in prison for years. I think it’s worth saying NO to drugs because it means you’ll have a better life. I will never do drugs because I wouldn’t ever want my kids to feel how I have felt growing up.
Cody Alsteen, Ashwaubenon Elementary School