FORT RILEY – The fifth grade students at Ware Elementary will experience one of the first of many milestones this year on Friday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m. when they graduate from the D.A.R.E. program.
The students have been participating in the program since the beginning of the year and at the ceremony the students will be congratulated on successfully completing the program by Jerry Tenbrink, State D.A.R.E. Coordinator. Mr. Tenbrink will also introduce the four students who had the best essay, which was the final step in the program. The students are currently writing essays explaining their goals in life and how they can be achieved by being drug free. Worthy topics to contemplate as the fifth grade students begin the journey into their teenage age years which requires more self-reliance and self-confidence.
Of course this is exactly what the D.A.R.E. program aims to prepare students for. According to the D.A.R.E. website the primary mission is, “to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug-and-violence-free lives.” The program also aims to give students the, “tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and instead, allow them to focus on their strengths and potential.”
As fifth grade teacher Mr. Upham can attest, “the program gives the students the abilities to be better decision makers, which will help them now and in the future.” It is proven, both at Ware Elementary and throughout the country that D.A.R.E. works. The website proudly states, “curriculum participants reported lower alcohol, marijuana, and cigarette use than students who did not receive the program.”