Support for D.A.R.E. program benefits entire community

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2004

The Kenai Police Department and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have worked cooperatively for the past 13 years to teach fifth-grade students the D.A.R.E. program at Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai.

Through hard work and dedication the school district and the police department have graduated well over 2,000 students since the beginning of the D.A.R.E. program in Kenai.

This year, Investigator Mitch Langseth, Investigator Kelly George and Officer Michael Louthan taught the program to four fifth-grade classes. On April 6 at 6 p.m., more than 100 students graduated the D.A.R.E. program. The gymnasium was standing room only as the students were awarded graduate certificates.

ConocoPhillips has recognized the need for positive youth programs and has been the primary supporter of the Kenai Police Department D.A.R.E. program since 1992. With the company's support the department was able to provide teaching aids, water bottles, T-shirts and many other incentives to the students involved in the program.

D.A.R.E.'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 D.A.R.E. officers would like to thank ConocoPhillips for its continued support, the staff of the Mountain View Elementary School and all of the parents who have strived for the success of our children.

Investigator Kelly George, Kenai Police Department

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