Dare Graduation

The West Delaware 5th grade Dare graduation was held April 1, 2021. The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) class ends, with a short ceremony honoring top essay winners and the graduates of the program. Essay winners were presented a medal and a pin as a reward for their efforts and hard work, winners were selected by classmates who voted after each student read their essay in front of class. The Manchester Police Department has been presenting the D.A.R.E. program at West Delaware Middle School, and St. Mary’s since 1993. D.A.R.E., or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is a 10-week, scientifically proven program that has been taught to young people all over the world since 1983. To stay current, D.A.R.E. America has continued to make revisions and updates throughout the past 38 years with a renewed focus on decision making. Students are introduced to the D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model that assists them in problem solving so they can make informed decisions and resist pressures that may influence them. Additional topics discussed are health effects, consequences, risks, peer pressure, bullying, communication skills, stress, responsibility, and much more.


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