By: Ethan Kramer
The 6th-grade class recently graduated from their D.A.R.E. (Drug abuse resistance education) class. This class teaches young students about the dangers of drugs and other substances. The students went through a ten-week class with a Sheriff Deputy Mike White where they learned how to escape out of difficult drug related situations. The 6th-grade class did demonstrations on drug resistance and what to say if confronted with drugs or peer pressure. Mr. White told the students that the best way to avoid drugs is to say NO! I spoke to some of the students from the class, and Landon Callahan said: “it was fun, even in a hard place I know God will help me.” Mrs. Kinner was asked about how the class affects the kids, and she replied with, “I think that there are a lot of kids who have not been exposed to this, thankfully, I think it’s really healthy for them to find what’s right and wrong early on, so they know how to handle it if they ever are pressured into drugs.”
I asked three other kids from the D.A.R.E. class the same question and wanted to compare their answers. What can you say if you are in a situation with peer pressure, and how do you get out of the situation. Ashton Draper said, “just look away and don’t say anything, just walk away, don’t be stupid.” Next, I asked Jessie Holloway, and she replied with, “just say NO! and walk away, and change the subject, like saying ‘lets go play basketball.” Emily Bontrager said, “Keep saying NO! just ignore them”. From seeing the responses to peer pressure, it is obvious the D.A.R.E. Program has had a huge impact on these students, and the students will have an impact on the community in return.