The D.A.R.E. program for Evergreen Middle School wrapped up last Thursday. The program was presented by Deputy Marv Zumfelde of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and consisted of approximately 90 students.
The previous D.A.R.E. program, presented by Deputy Dave Hoste, lasted for several years with the last class being held in 2007.
The United State Attorney General recently issued a landmark report on the D.A.R.E. “Keepin’ It REAL” curriculum. The report shows that programs, like this one, promote building social, emotional, cognitive, and substance refusal skills that provide children accurate information on rates and amounts of peer substance abuse. The program is based on over 20 years of research from information obtained from over 6,000 students nationwide.
The increasing use of drugs and developing addictions, and other physical and psychological programs, is quite apparent today, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Consequently, preventing drug use is essential to reducing these risks. The goal of D.A.R.E. is to provide evidence-based prevention programs to youth.
The D.A.R.E. program is a 45-minute, weekly program, which lasts for 11 weeks. The primary focus is placed on good decision and problem solving skills. Topics include communicational skills, bullying, safe reporting, alcohol and tobacco facts with consquences, and over-the-counter and presrciption medicines.
All students are required to write an essary showing what they have learned. Emma Komon’s report was selected and was read out loud at the graduation ceremony.
At the graduation ceremony, Sheriff Roy Miller, Principal Zabowski, and sixth grade teacher Jenny Burkholder gave short presentations. Deputy Galbraith from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and his K-9 partner, Fazzo, also gave a presentation.
The Sheriff’s Office thanked Lyons-Royalton Fire Department, Metamora-Amboy Fire Department and North Star for their donation for the D.A.R.E. t-shirts each student received.