Learn To 'Just Say No To Drugs'
By Lance Cpl. Theresa E. Seng
MCAS New River
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER(May 28, 2001) Forty-six
fifth-grade students from DeLalio Elementary School graduated from
the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program May 9 in the school's
Gunnery Sgt. Timothy W. Johnson, New River's DeLalio Elementary
DAREofficer, spent 17 weeks teaching the 10- and 11-year-olds about
problems in today's society and how to resist drugs and violence.
Gunnery Sgt. Timothy W. Johnson, New River's
DeLalio Elementary Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer,
stands with one of the newest graduates of the DARE program
(Photo by: Lance Cpl. Theresa E. Seng)
"The police start the program and work with the school, but
it ends with the parents," said Johnson. "They are the
key to making the program work. Without the parents' support, what
the children learned will go unpracticed."
The program is important
because it teaches about the many different drugs
people are using today and gives the kids options to say no, said
Nicole L. Torrence, DeLalio Elementary fourth- and fifth-grade teacher.
One main requirement for graduating from this program was to write
an essay entitled "Taking a Stand," said Johnson.
"I know [the students] paid attention and learned something,
" said Torrence. "I could tell that by reading the essays."
Three essays were selected and read at graduation. Each of the three
winners were awarded a DARE medallion, said Johnson.
Colonel Dennis T. Bartels, commanding officer of the Air Station,
spoke at the graduation.
"I like to show support for the schools and students as well
as the families on base, and to show the schools the military is
taking an active part in the program," said Bartels.
The ceremony ended with a cake and soda party to congratulate the
fifth-graders on their accomplishment.