Elkin Elementary School students successfully completed a 10-week course on Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.).
The course was conducted by Cpl. Kevin Hall of the Elkin Police Department. The course concluded with a graduation ceremony on Tuesday.
According to Hall, D.A.R.E. is an international education program founded by Daryl Gates that seeks to prevent use of controlled drugs, membership in gang, and violent behavior. D.A.R.E was founded 1983. The Elkin Police Department implemented the D.A.R.E. program in the Elkin City School system in 1988. Elkin Police Chief Monroe Wagoner was the very first DARE instructor for the Elkin Police Department
“Eighty-seven sixth-grade students participated and graduated from the program. Students in the program are taught several key items to help them make safe and responsible decisions about drugs and violence. Some topics taught are the dangers of drugs like alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana on the body of children, what are situations are risky and how to avoid them, by using resistance strategies,” said Hall.
Hall indicated the course also addressed different types of bullying.
According to Hall, D.A.R.E. graduation allowed students read essays that they wrote for D.A.R.E. class. The Elkin Police Department has a scholarship program to have students strive to be drug and violence free by awarding the D.A.R.E. essay winners the chance to apply for a $500 educational scholarship.
This year’s essay winners were Harper Libbert, Carson Rose Canter and Beth Russell.
All D.A.R.E. students were presented with certificates of completion, D.A.R.E. shirts, and gift bags were purchased with funding from the Yadkin Valley United Fund.
Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.