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5th Graders Recognized During D.A.R.E. Awards

Dexter ET
Ft. Benning | February 1, 2019

Dexter 5th Graders pose for a graduation picture during the DARE Awards assembly.
Dexter 5th Graders pose for a graduation picture during the DARE Awards assembly. | Photo: Dexter ET

On Friday, February 1st, Dexter 5th Grade students attended a D.A.R.E. Graduation ceremony. D.A.R.E., or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is a program that seeks to prevent use of controlled drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior.  D.A.R.E. officer Melissa Dahnke from the Columbus, GA Police Department visited Dexter each week to talk to 5th Graders about making good life choices, and offer them strategies for decision making. 


The D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model is one such tool.  When faced with a challenge, it prompts students to do the following: Define what the problem or challenge is, Assess the choices available and reflect on the impact this decision will have on one’s life, Respond by making a choice based on the facts and information that has been gathered, and Evaluate the decision and decide whether or not it was a good choice.  This model can be applied to many different real life scenarios and aid students in making safe and responsible decisions.


After completing the nine week D.A.R.E. program, the students were asked to write an essay explaining what they learned in D.A.R.E. and how they plan to use the D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model to help them solve real life problems.  The Columbus Police Department then chose a first, second, and third place essay winner.  These students were presented with a special certificate and a medal during the program.  The first place winner was also invited to a field trip with the Columbus Police Department to the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta.

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