The Kenai Police Department and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have worked cooperatively for the past 15 years to teach fifth-grade students the DARE program at the Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai.
For the first time, the Kenai Police Department also taught the DARE program to Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences. Through hard work and dedication, the school district and police department have graduated well over 2,000 students since the beginning of the DARE program in Kenai.
This year Officers Mitch Langseth and Kelly George and Investigator Ben Langham taught the program to one fifth-grade class at Kaleidoscope and three fifth-grade classes at Mountain View. On March 11 and 25 at 6:30 p.m., students graduated the DARE program at their respective schools.
ConocoPhillips has recognized the need for positive youth programs and been the primary supporter of the Kenai Police Department DARE program since 1992. With their support, the Kenai Police Department was able to provide teaching aids, water bottles, T-shirts and many other incentives to the students involved in the program.
DARE's mission is to teach students the dangers of drugs and violence and provide them with the skills to not "just say no," but "how to say no!" The individual lessons focused on topics such as positive self-esteem, consequences, peer pressure, refusal skills and modeled a decision-making guide. The formats in which the lessons are presented include group activities, role-playing and workbooks.
On behalf of the Kenai Police Department, the DARE officers would like to thank ConocoPhillips for its support and commitment to the DARE program, the staff of the Mountain View Elementary School and Kaleidoscope School and all of the parents who have strived for the success of our children.
Investigator Ben Langham
Kenai Police Department
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