Thursday, May 19, 2011

Proud Mommy Moments: DARE

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.

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13 comments:

MiMi said...

Oh, she is such a cutie!!!

Nicole said...

Oh yey the DARE program is still going on! And sounds like they have a fun time with the lock in... very cool! Isn't she sweet!

One time in our DARE class we had to create a license plate. A lot of people used their names etc. Mine was:

I81 COW

get it.. LOL

Emmy said...

A very proud moment! I had to write an essay too and actually was one of the "winners" but they didn't make me read my essay at the program. I wrote about my oldest brother and about the problems he had and cried when I shared it in class, so they didn't want to put me in that situation again but I still received the award.

Kmama said...

I remember the DARE program from back when I was in school! I think that's great that they have the kids write an essay about what they learned. It seems like your daughter learned a lot!

Thanks for linking up!

Amy said...

What a wonderful experience for her! And how fun. When I was in school, we would have long boring talks about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. And then we would get a pencil. I am glad to see that they are stepping it up a little.

Colleen said...

I remember DARE! That's great. Good for her!

Christina Lee said...

AWWWWW YAY! such cuteness!

mormonhermitmom said...

Hmm. I know my younger siblings had the DARE program but I have yet to hear my kids talk about it. It seems the local campaign here is MostDont.org

Jackie said...

That is a proud mom moment! I used to love lock in's when I was younger. The last one I went to was right after high school graduation... one of the best ones ever.

blueviolet said...

I LOVE the DARE program. My daughter did that in elementary school, and she wore that shirt all the way through high school to make a point!

Love your mom moment!

Cheeseboy said...

They actually did away with DARE in a couple of districts in our state last year. I have mixed feelings about it.

I think the biggest benefit that I see from the program is having the DARE officer at our school all the time. The students really grow to like and respect him and I think that says a lot.

So cool about your daughter. I'd be proud too.

deepintheheartoftexas2 said...

I loved the DARE program when I was in school. Very proud moment and she looks so cute!!

Linda Medrano said...

What a darling and "good" little dumpling that one is! Good for her!