By: Lt. Troy Murray (DARE Officer)
On November 15, 2017, after successfully completing the requirements of the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, twelve fifth grade students from Riverdale Academy received their graduation certificates.
In a ceremony held in the school auditorium, those in attendance learned a brief history of the DARE program, watched the students perform skits and heard the reading of the winning DARE report. The skits, which demonstrated the five DARE resistance strategies, were the highlight of the afternoon!
Students recognized for exceptional DARE reports were Chance Rushing (1st place), Chloe Cason (2nd place), and Connor Straight (3rd place). Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the lunchroom for the graduates and their guests.
While there is no way to truly measure the impact of the DARE program, there should be no question that it equips our children with tools that can be helpful throughout their lifetimes. In addition to educating students on the dangers associated with drugs and alcohol, the DARE program covers much more. This includes responsible decision making, resistance strategies, peer pressure, stress, effective communication, bullying, and establishing a help network.
Sheriff Edwards would like to extend his appreciation to the school board and administration for allowing the Sheriff’s Office the opportunity to present the program. Thanks also go to fifth grade teacher Mrs. Kelly Azlin, parents, and others who helped make this year and graduation ceremony special for the students.
Great job Riverdale DARE Class of 2017! Always remember to be SAFE and RESPONSIBLE!