Pubdate: Tue, 25 Mar 2003
Source: Vegreville News Advertiser (CN AB)
Copyright: 2003 Vegreville News Advertiser


Cheryl Macahonic, representing the Kinettes, presented Jackie Muzechka and 
Vizma Bell, grade 6 teachers at St. Martin's school with a cheque for $150 
to go toward the grade 6 D.A.R.E. program. Student representatives Regan 
Billingsley, Candace Lackie, Samantha Morris, and Tyler Tschirren were 
on-hand to join in the photo opportunity.

According to the RCMP website, D.A.R.E. is "a comprehensive prevention 
education program designed to equip school children with skills to 
recognize and resist social pressures to experiment with tobacco, alcohol, 
other drugs and violence. This unique program utilizes uniformed law 
enforcement officers to teach a formal curriculum to students in a 
classroom setting. D.A.R.E. gives special attention to fifth and sixth 
grade students to prepare them for entry into intermediate & high school, 
where they are most likely to encounter pressure to use drugs." The Program 
curriculum was developed by educators and is taught by trained officers. It 
focuses on responsibility and resisting peer pressure. The implementation 
of the program is a community decision and there are elementary, middle, 
high school, after-school, and parental components. Training is mandatory 
for all instructors before they enter the classroom.

In Vegreville, Cst. Jeff Woodliffe teaches the D.A.R.E. program to grade 6 
students. It is a 14 day program and in St. Martin's school, 50 grade 6 
students were involved. They held a graduation on March 27 to celebrate 
their successful completion of the program.