Emily, my Little Middle, is in the 5th grade. When kids are in the 5th grade they go through a course for DARE. They are instructed by specially trained officers who become their friend. A requirement of their curriculum is to write an essay about what they have learned. Emily wrote about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. She went on to say that it is best to keep yourself out of situations where you might be pressured to do things you shouldn't.
At the end of their course, they have a graduation where they hear the top written essay in the school. Almost like a valedictorian speech. Then each student gets to shake hands with their officer and the principal. At the end of the day, they receive their graduation certificate. They also got a pizza party and a lock in at the local family fun center. It's supervised by teachers and parents alike, but the kids are free to play and have fun. It reminds me of when I would go to Knott's Berry Farm with my friends. No parents. Just me and my friends. It was awesome. I am glad that my kids got to experience a small taste of that freedom. And I am thankful for this program that aides us as parents in teaching the importance of standing up for yourself and rising above peer pressure.
Emmy Mom and KMama at The Daily Dribbles.
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