Kenai students 'DARE' to live drug-free lives

Posted: Monday, April 21, 2003

Students from five Kenai fifth-grade classes graduated Tuesday from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

One hundred twenty-three students from Mountain View Elementary School received certificates and t-shirts in recognition of completing the program, which is sponsored by the Kenai Police Department and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

DARE instructors, police investigator Kelly George and officer Michael Louthan, said the mission of the program is to teach students the dangers of drugs and violence and provide them with the skills to "Just say no."

Lessons focus on positive self-esteem, decision making, consequences, peer pressure and refusal skills.

The police officers said the DARE program is taught to fifth-grade students leaving elementary school to prepare them for negative pressures usually encountered at the junior-high level.

They said ConocoPhillips consistently has provided financial support over past years, enabling DARE to give pencils, T-shirts, water bottles and other learning incentives to the students.

Kenai police already are planning to present the DARE program to more fifth-grade classes next year.

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