Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The DARE worth taking
There's a DARE champion in our house! We're so proud of CJ.
DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. Our county's sheriff's office sponsors the national program for students in elementary through high schools. Today was graduation day from the elementary program, and CJ was recognized for writing her class's winning essay on DARE and its impact on her life. (The backpack was a nice surprise prize!) I wish I had some of the essay to share, but it was one of those "no parents allowed" projects, per her DARE officer, and the essays have not yet been returned. I did get to read it (though editing was not allowed either!), and it was well done.
What you can't see in this picture--because my flash wouldn't reset in time to take what happened next--was pretty cool. CJ put that backpack on and gave her DARE officer a thumbs-up! Those are the moments that I celebrate, because I know she has not only made a connection to what was said over the years in the program, but she made a connection to the person who said them. And that's part of what DARE is about, too--knowing who you can turn to, who you can trust, when the world presents its alternatives.
With all the challenges facing CJ in this year ahead (you all remember middle school?), I'm glad to know that she had made a choice to keep her mind and body free from that which could be harmful, and that she has the knowledge to back up her choices--knowledge which could positively influence somebody else some day.
Nice job, CJ!