D. A. R. E is a program at St. Boniface for fifth graders. It stands for drug, abuse, resistance, education. Every year, for a couple of weeks in the spring, the fifth-grade class learns from Detective Schmidt or Officer Olson, who come in and teach the fifth grade class about addiction and the power of saying “No.” It helps each child understand how powerful drug and alcohol abuse can be.
D. A. R. E. is something that every child should partake in since it gives information that children may not be comfortable asking about. It teaches caution and safety for each and every one of them. Questions are welcomed and encouraged. The children become well informed about situations that might present itself in the near future.
Each session we had lasted for about 45 minutes to an hour. During those times we watched short films that helped us understand different types of drugs and the effects they can have on us. After each video, we talked about it and asked questions. We also did scenarios of someone offering us drugs or alcohol. We practiced saying no to them and using words to get us out of a bad situation.
D. A. R. E gave me a powerful perspective on how drugs and alcohol can deeply affect my life. Even though the D. A. R. E. program wasn’t very long, it covered a lot of topics. It gives awareness to children about the control that any form of drug or alcohol can take away from you. It taught me how severe this topic is. What was great about this program was that it was a safe environment to discuss the danger of substance abuse. Towards the end of the program, we all wrote a letter to our future selves in high school as a way to remind ourselves of how life-threatening substance abuse can be at a young age. Even though the topics were very far-reaching, there was still a way for us to have fun. Before we were about to graduate, we played with drunk goggles, that help you perceive what someone who is drunk would see, and went around obstacle courses. It was difficult to do the obstacle courses with those drunk goggles!
I chose to explain the D. A. R. E. program because it is very important to St. Boniface School. It is one of the reasons that makes St. Boniface so special since many schools don’t have the program. D. A. R. E. was very influential to me and should be influential to others. It provided me with knowledge on how to handle times if drugs or alcohol are presented to me. Overall D. A. R. E. provides a safe outlet for kids and provides them with information to use and a perspective on how to handle situations in real life.