DARE graduates learn life lessons
Almost 40 Grade-6 students of Falher schools were honoured May 30 for completing the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program under McLennan RCMP.
Constable M. C. Verreault presented certificates to 38 students of Ecole Routhier and Ecole Heritage schools during the French ceremony at Club Alouette.
“Each student had a chance to discover different ways to be assertive to say NO, and most importantly, understand that their self-esteem and positive alternatives in making good decisions for their future,” said Verreault.
DARE focuses on raising self-esteem levels by promoting awareness about violence and abuse of drugs and alcohol.
Receiving certificates were:
Routhier school – Janisa Aubin, Tralene Aubin, Rachelle Bisson, Josee Blanchette, Daniel Brochu, Shantel Caron, Patrick Carrier, Lisa Cloutier, Bazel Doucette, Amanda Durocher, Samanta Eldridge, Alain Girard, Marc Guindon, Lise Laurin, Justin Lessard, Tania Macfarland, Joel Maisonneuve, Josee Marcoux, Julie Maure, Brooke McFarland, Amanda Notenbomer, Kristy Perra, Remi Poulin, and Aubrey Stenhouse.
Ecole Heritage – Jeremie Berube, Simon Dubrule, Darren Florence, Guillaume Jasmin, Camil Lapointe, Genevieve Laurin, Tyler Lemire, Patrick Poirier, Jason Sauvageau, Marc Therriault, Janelle Trudeau, Emilie Walker, and Marc Walker.
Principals from both schools lauded the students and Const. Verreault for participating in this valuable program.
“DARE is a very worthwhile program for our youth because it teaches them how to make wise decisions in regards to drugs, alcohol, risk-taking, and lifestyles,” said principal Antoinette Romanchuk of Routhier. “It gives them the tools they need to make wise decisions in life.”
“Without the parents, MC, and the community, we wouldn’t accomplish what the program provides,” said principal Linda Arsenault of Ecole Heritage. “Partners are all very important and when the RCMP, parents, and the community get involved in the schools, it makes a difference.”
Special prizes were awarded to four students for their essays about the program’s impact on their lives.
Winning prizes were Amanda Notenbomer, Kristy Perra, Tyler Lemire, and Marc Walker.
Here’s a sentence or two what the winners said.
Amanda Notenbomer – “I learned that I always have the power to say NO. I really liked the visit from the three role models who helped us by their examples to have courage to say NO to drugs and violence.”
Kristy Perra – “When the role models made their presentation, it really made a difference. They explained how not taking drugs could really help us have a good life and how we can stay positive.”
Tyler Lemire – “Through the DARE program, I realized that I don’t want to use drugs. If I use drugs and violence, I know I will not realize my dream to play in the National Hockey League.”
Marc Walker – “I now know that there are consequences to my family and myself if I use drugs and violence. I could deceive my family but now I know there are positive alternative. “I have the power to say NO.”
High school graduates Stephane Bergeron of Ecole Heritage and Annie Gaudet and Michel Servant of Georges P. Vanier were given special recognition for their service as senior student role models for the younger students.
Const. Verrault thanked various supporters of the program – DARE Canada, McLennan RCMP Community Consultative Group (CCG), Direction des Ecoles, Enseignantes, TransCanada Pipeline, Smoky River Vacuum and Water Service, UFA Farm Supply, Parents Benevoles.
Three skits were presented by different groups, promoting resistance of drugs and alcohol.