This February, Moon Area 5th graders celebrated their graduation from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, led by Moon Area School Resource Officer, Angela Zane.
The educational, 10-week program was established in 1983 with a goal to educate and deter students against drugs and violence.
During the program, students discuss topics such as risks, consequences, stress, effective communications, and peer pressure. Participants are given tools to help them recognize and handle the pressures that may influence them to experiment with drugs like tobacco and alcohol.
One of the main focuses of the program is the D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model, which assists students in problem-solving and making wise choices. At the end of the program, the students are asked to write a five-paragraph reflective essay about what they learned and how they will apply the information to their future.
Two students were chosen from each class and receive a $25 gift card, a stuffed animal, and a special certificate from Officer Zane.
As a reward for the student’s hard work, Officer Zane took all 5th graders on a bowling field trip to celebrate graduating the program.
Winners by Team: