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Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE)

The J.W. Walker grade 5 and 6 students graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006. The Speech Contest produced 6 winners:

Grade 5/6 Winner - Amber Morrison, Second - Dominick Morrison, Third - Michael Dubois.

Grade 6 Winner - Caitlyn Sande, Second - Tia Scott, Third - Samantha Stuart.

Constable Caroline Spencer, OPP Officer provided the instruction. The DARE program for Grade 6 is to help students recognize and resist the many direct and subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalants, or other drugs or to engage in violence. The DARE program offers preventative strategies to enhance those protective factors-especially bonding to the family, school, and community-which appear to foster the development of resiliency in young people who may be at risk for substance abuse or other problem behaviours.The program is a partnership of the Police, Schools and Parents and is funded by community groups.

The Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition supports the DARE program through financial contributions to train the officers to deliver the curriculum.The DARE program has been taught by OPP Officers in the Rainy River District since 1996 and now includes a Grade 3 curriculum and Grade 10 curriculum. The OPP is proud to partner with the Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition (RRVSC), Rainy River District Substance Abuse Prevention team, Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus, Royal Canadian Legions in Fort Frances, Emo and Rainy River, Elks Club, Abitibi Consolidated, Rainy River District School Board and The Northwest Catholic School Board to provide this invaluable program. We would like to thank our sponsors for their unfailing support.

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