D.A.R.E. program teaches there are consequences for actions
by Sandy Lindsay

June 22, 2016

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Northport Grade 5 students graduate D.A.R.E. program

It's a democracy and a vote is taken for outdoor fun after graduation

Grade 5 students at Northport Public School  in Port Elgin (Saugeen Shores) recently graduated from the D.A.R.E. program, formerly Drug Abuse Resistance Education, and now known as Define, Assess, Respond and Evaluate.

 Kayla Atkinson was the first graduate to received her certificate and medal

Lead by Saugeen Shores Police Constables Ian Clark, Ken Cook and Chantal Primeau, the program teaches young elementary students not only about the dangers of drugs but also the skills needed to made good choices in life.

During the 10-week program, students go through role-playing situations, such as how to make the right choice when up against peer pressure.

"By reaching out to students when they are young," said Clark, "it lays a foundation for when they reach high school and all the peer pressure that is there and, hopefully, they will then be able to make the right choices

The program also requires students to conduct interviews and then write a report or essay and the students are encouraged to talk about the various aspect of the program and what they have learned from it.  At the end of the program, there is a graduation where students receive a certificate, medal and D.A.R.E. T-shirt, with fun, games and refreshments.
The 'Fuzzy Care Bears', Lucas Noe and Adam Perry performed two original songs ...
... as Perry got into the music ... a song about anti-bullying

The police are striving to create a different attitude among the youth toward the police.  Relationships that are built between officers and students could prevent future situations as the young people meet problems down the road.

Nicholas (Nic) Embro received his certificate from Constable Clark and his D.A.R.E.  T-shirt from Ms. Stansfield

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"It was difficult to choose top students out of this group," said Constable Clark., "but one stood out.  She [Raina] put in a ton of effort in everything that was need.  She put up her a hand, a few times, she is somewhat shy and doesn't like to stand out but ... she did a great job."  

Raina Shabnam was at the top of the class and won the coveted trophy ... in true champion style, she won five packages of candy but only accepted one leaving the remainder for the group

The D.A.R.E. program is not funded through the Ministry or Police Services and, therefore, is dependent on the community and donations from various organizations that have included in the past, the Probus Club, Chantry Island Cham-bettes, Faith Lutheran Church and Port Elgin Rotary.

Police Chief Dan Rivett reaffirms that the results of going into the schools comes back ten-fold in student-police relationships. "If we don't help educate, policing will be going backward to where we just answer crime calls or do traffic enforcement.  Young people today know even more than most adults when it come to drugs and they (drugs) are becoming more prevalent all the time."

"This program promotes our (police) involvement with young people in the schools and teaching them that there are and will be consequences for their actions," says Clark.

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