2013-05-23 / Lifestyles

D.A.R.E. students graduate

Participants receive essay awards, prizes


Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Deputy and D.A.R.E. instructor Dianna Herlik, left, poses for a photo with this year’s top D.A.R.E. essay contest winner, Christian Aldrich from Emerald Elementary. 
Courtesy photo Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Deputy and D.A.R.E. instructor Dianna Herlik, left, poses for a photo with this year’s top D.A.R.E. essay contest winner, Christian Aldrich from Emerald Elementary. Courtesy photo MANISTIQUE – The 2013 fifth grade D.A.R.E. participants recently graduated from the program.

The new D.A.R.E. “Keepin’ it Real” elementary curriculum is based on the social emotional learning theory. This theory identifies fundamental, basic skills and development processes, including self-awareness and management, responsible decision making, understanding others, relationship and communication skills and handling responsibilities and challenges.

The curriculum uses the theory to teach youth to control their impulses and think about risks and consequences resulting in more responsible choices. It is D.A.R.E.’s vision that youth who think through situations make better choices and are not impulsive, making it easier to be drug free.

Children are required to write a D.A.R.E. essay on what they have learned. Two essays are chosen from each fifth grade class and read at graduation. This year’s winners were Jeanni Chartier and Jerry Jack from St. Francis de Sales School; and Madison Schwartz, Mark Block, Lenna Smith and Christian Aldrich from Emerald Elementary.

Each winner received a show pass donated by Ryan Olsen from Cinema I. The top winner, Aldrich, received a medallion and Daren the D.A.R.E. mascot home.

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