Fifth-graders at Arbuckle Elementary School, and Colusa’s Egling Middle School aren’t afraid to day No! to drugs that is.
On Thursday May 22, 2014 the Colusa County Sheriffs Department celebrated at Colusa Egling Middle School as 103 5th Graders completed the 10 week D.A.R.E. program with a graduation ceremony.
“They work hard!” said Colusa County Sheriffs Deputy Leanne Knutson, “the D.A.R.E. program has expanded its drug and alcohol education to include bulling; teaching the kids the difference between telling and tattling.”
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a preventative program whose goal is to equip youth with skills for resisting peer pressure to experiment with tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. The D.A.R.E. program uses a Deputy
Sheriff to teach a formal curriculum to students. The lessons focus on providing accurate information about alcohol and drugs while teaching students decision making skills and providing them with ideas for alternatives to drug use.
The ceremony included a special guest speaker, local Luke Steidlmayer who stressed the importance of making the right decisions and focusing on goals.
“I encourage you to strive to be great!” said Steidlmayer in a speech to the students during the ceremony, “You can do whatever you want to do, as long as you put your mind to it.”
Additionally, on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Arbuckle Elementary celebrated as 93 of its 5th grade students completed the D.A.R.E. program. ■