Antigonish Media Release – D.A.R.E Program

Posted on June 24, 2013

(DRUG ABUSE RESISTANCE EDUCATION) PROGRAM

Today, the students of Saint Andrews Junior School have graduated from the D.A.R.E. program. As they graduate from the elementary 10 week D.A.R.E. program, they are taking a pledge to stay drug free and make healthy decisions. Given the national profile of D.A.R.E. graduates, it’s likely that they’ll keep the pledge for good.

The D.A.R.E. Lessons focus on four major areas: providing accurate information about alcohol and drugs, teaching student’s decision making skills, showing them how to resist peer pressure and giving them ideas for alternatives to drug use and violence.

Under the direction of Cst. Kevin Ashley of the local R.C.M.P., these students have learned the skills they need to avoid drugs, alcohol and violence. The classes include extensive role-playing with officers on practical ways to resist pressure to experiment with drugs and alcohol, and join gangs. Because the officers have personal experience working with drug abusers on the street, young people consider them to be highly credible instructors.

D.A.R.E. began in 1983. It is now taught in more than 300,000 classrooms throughout 53 countries around the world.

For more information on the program and future D.A.R.E. events, please contact the undersigned:

Cst. Kevin Ashley
D.A.R.E. Instructor
Antigonish R.C.M.P.
Tel: 902 863 6500


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