D.A.R.E. program returns to two Kenosha schools

Frank School D.A.R.E. graduates receive their diplomas and other mementos from (from right) Sheriff David Beth, Deputy David Wright and teachers Miss Huizenga and Mr. Gaudio.

The D.A.R.E. program, which teaches children skills to choose to avoid drugs and violence, has returned to two Kenosha schools.

Fifth graders at both Wilson and Frank schools have recently completed the 10-week course led by a Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputy.

“We really wanted to create opportunities for students at the Frank and Wilson Elementary schools to positively interact with deputies,” said Sheriff David Beth, a former D.A.R.E. deputy himself. “D.A.R.E.is a great program to teach kids how to make positive decisions for their life and is a natural way to get a deputy and students interacting on a regular basis.”

The program is currently offered at 27 schools in Kenosha County, but has not been offered at schools in the city of Kenosha for awhile.

The graduation for Frank School was held Tuesday. The fifth graders were all decked out in an official D.A.R.E. t-shirt. Wright, Beth and principal Heather Connolly shared brief remarks with the children. Some parents of students attended the ceremony which was held in the school’s library. Every student received a diploma and a dog tag type necklace to mark their completion of the program. Parents could pick up iconic “I’m the parent of a D.A.R.E. graduate” car stickers.

Here’s a video of the winners of the D.A.R.E. essay contest, Justin Chuc and Teva Reardon, reading their essays:

Beth pointed out that D.A.R.E. teaches students about consequences, and how to consider consequences when making a decision.

“If you have to think about it … it’s a pretty safe bet you shouldn’t do it,” Beth told the students.

Wright praised the work the children put into the program.

“All of these kids in front of you today have a better chance to lead a drug-free life,” Wright said.

Deputy David Wright displays Frank School's new D.A.R.E. sign.

 

Sheriff David Beth shakes hands with some of the Frank School D.A.R.E. graduates before the ceremony.

 

Each D.A.R.E. graduate received one of these.

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