D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)class graduates

Saturday, March 30, 2002

Mrs. Lane's 5th grade class essay winner

By CHRIS WILLIAMS

Special to the Tribune

I think the D.A.R.E. is a great new experience for me and the whole 5th and 6th grades. I have learned many things that I never knew. For instance, I never knew the eight ways of saying no. If it wasn't for Deputy Wayne, I would not have learned anything that he taught me this year. I have also learned that "it's better to stay out of trouble than to try to get out of trouble." I also learned that violence doesn't solve anything and that any type of drug can harm, disable, or even kill you. The best thing I learned out of all of this was that I should love myself for who I am and not do drugs to fit in, to be cool, or even just for fun. I walk down the street seeing people smoke and just think what might be ahead of them; death, lung cancer, or might even become where no one will want to be around them because they could get harmed with the smoke. I learned that one smoke can get you addicted and that one smoke can ruin your life and make you regret smoking that one time for your whole life. Same thing with drinking. I think it is important to be drug free because just think if I grow up and smoke and become sick or even die, what kind of example would I be for the little children.

So, I stay off the drugs, and stay in school and keep my life together, so I can set a good example for kids now and forever, adults in the future. So, I will keep my life together, stay in school, get good grades, and live a drug free life!

Mrs. Ming's 5th grade class essay winner

By ROSLYNE MOORE

Special to the Tribune

In D.A.R.E. class there were lots of things I learned, but there is only one main important thing I learned, and need to remember, and that is not to do drugs. I don't want to do drugs from what I learned in D.A.R.E., and the effects from it. In D.A.R.E. my favorite lesson was the 8 ways to say no. I also feel the D.A.R.E. program is very important, and can be taught very easy. I am glad that my school had D.A.R.E. because there are some schools that do not have D.A.R.E., but need it, to learn what they need to know about drugs so they won't do it, or their children.

My teacher from D.A.R.E. taught me what I needed to know about drugs. I was glad when I got to be in D.A.R.E. I really hope next year that the other fifth grade students like D.A.R.E. and enjoy it.

I want to say that I am glad the company on the back of our D.A.R.E. book helped out for the D.A.R.E. stuff and the program. Thank you all and especially Deputy Wayne Frazier.

Mrs. Turner's 5th grade class essay winner

By NATALIE CORTER

Special to the Tribune

I feel that the D.A.R.E. program has helped me know what is best for me. I think that with God's help, I can take care of myself and my family. I pledge to stay drug free and violence free. My life depends on nothing but my education, my family, and learning what Mr. Frazier has taught me.

I have learned about the eight ways of saying no. They are: saying no thanks,' giving a reason or excuse, repeated refusal, or keep saying no (broken record), walking away, changing the subject, avoiding the situation, cold shoulder, and strength in numbers. Mr. Frazier taught all of us it was easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble.

I think it is important that people should be drug-free and avoid violence because they would be better, trusted people. Kids like us, could be trusted by our parents and teachers if we stay off drugs. I don't want to waste my life on drugs. I want to live a healthy, mature life. D.A.R.E. rules!!

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