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Essays part of D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony
May 10, 2013

Lisbon's elementary school held its D.A.R.E. graduation Wednesday, May 1, in the Old Gym.

Students wrote essays about what D.A.R.E. meant to them, and those reading their essays were Grace Morningstar, Emily Butteris, Renae Hasselbusch and Olivia Hasselmann.

The essays below were chosen for publication in the Sun.

My D.A.R.E. Essay

By: Isabella Laures

Our Officer, Vern Vacek, has helped me so much in D.A.R.E.! He taught me about things I will need in life and things about how to treat others. He taught us all so much over the period of weeks that he has been here.

To say the least, I learned a lot during D.A.R.E.! I learned all about drugs and alcohol. It was sad learning about all of it because of all the negative consequences about drugs and alcohol. I will never do drugs or alcohol. I learned that consequences are sometimes positive or negative. In my opinion all the consequences of drugs are very negative. You should not do drugs. Another thing I learned is that sadly millions and millions of people die each year from cigarettes and not just grown-ups. I hope all the kids and my friends and everyone won't even start to do drugs and alcohol and stop immediately if they do.

I have used the D.A.R.E decision making model to help me all over. It helps me with my daily life. Before I say something I think of the five W's and everything that D.A.R.E has taught me. I am very glad that I had a chance to do D.A.R.E! The D.A.R.E decision making model is Define, Assess, Respond and last but not least, Evaluate.

I personally do not know anyone who is currently smoking. I know some people who have though. I am so proud of them for stopping and I know that they made a good choice in their life and that they will be here for a much longer time. Those of you who do all of that stuff, wouldn't you want to be there for your kids for as long as possible? Wouldn't you want to have your kids say that they don't know of anyone that smokes? I am proud to. Wouldn't you want your kid to live in a safe, and smoke free home? I really hope that if you smoke or are considering it, you know after listening to me reading this report to you about life changing things that I have learned. I personally, CAN NOT stand the smell of cigarette smoke. So I have made the choice in my life not to go to anyone's house that is full of smoke or smells like smoke. I don't know about you, but I would.

I plan to make safe and responsible choices for the rest of my life. I will always think of the neat things being involved with D.A.R.E has taught me. I also pledge to live a drug free and wonderful life with NO DRUGS! Also a special thanks to Vern Vacek for helping us in D.A.R.E.!!!

Thank you for listening or reading!

D.A.R.E. Essay

McKenna Nelson

Did you know that there are 75,000 alcohol-related deaths each year in the U.S.? That is because too much alcohol can slow down the body and lead to a coma and/or death. Alcohol goes directly into the bloodstream and can damage every organ of your body. Those were some of the shocking facts I learned during D.A.R.E.

I also learned that you should stay away from anybody using drugs or drinking alcohol. That doesn't mean that you can't be their friend, it just means that they have chosen something they want to do with their body that you don't have to or want to do. I also learned that you shouldn't take anything with tobacco in it because tobacco can cause less blood to flow to the brain.

I have used the D.A.R.E. Decision-Making Model because one time I was fighting with my friends. First, I described the problem. Next, I thought about the choices I had. Then, I made a choice. Finally, I thought it was a good idea not to be mad at my friends anymore.

I plan to use what I have learned to stay safe and responsible by making good choices, and by using the D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model when I need to make a decision.

I pledge to never drink alcohol, smoke, or take drugs in my life. I hope you learned a lot from my paper and I hope that I have convinced you to never drink, smoke, or take drugs either.

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