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Posted on May 31, 2015 by in Canada, Hometown, Hometown International, Ontario

Grade 5 students at Chris Hadfield Public School

From Bradford Times.

Photo (Click for full view): Grade 5 students at Chris Hadfield Public School graduated from the D.A.R.E. program, offered by South Simcoe Police, in Bradford, Ont. on Thursday May 14, 2015. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network.

D.A.R.E. – Drug Abuse Resistance Education – is a new program offered in all elementary schools, Catholic and Public, in both Innisfil and Bradford West Gwillimbury.

Introduced by the South Simcoe Police Service to replace the V.I.P. (Values, Influences, Peers) program, D.A.R.E. goes far beyond making kids aware of the dangers of drugs and addictions, to teaching life skills, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.

Grade 5 Students learn to resist peer pressure, take a stand against bullying, weigh risks and consequences, and make responsible choices.

On May 14, the first Bradford class of D.A.R.E. graduated from the program, in a ceremony at Chris Hadfield Public School. Wearing T-shirts donated by Bradley Homes of Innisfil, over 30 students shared their essays on the goals of the program, before a crowd of parents, grandparents, siblings, South Simcoe Police, and Town representatives, Councillors Raj Sandhu and Gary Baynes.

South Simcoe Police School Resource officers attended 2-weeks of training at Police College in the U.S., to learn how to present the internationally-acclaimed program.

“It’s all about engaging children, and resiliency,” says Special Constable Elisabeth Aschwanden, who taught the program at Chris Hadfield PS. “It makes sense.”

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