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2002 D.A.R.E. Essays

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the 5th Grade

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DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It is an educational fun program. I like DARE because you get to do fun lessons, do fun roles, learn new words and get prizes. DARE is a good program because it helps kids to become drug-free and resist violence.

I have learned that using alcohol can change personality and you can loose your balance. I have learned how to stay drug-free and different ways of saying no. Also I have learned a lot in DARE and Iím proud of it.

The reason it is important to stay drug-free, because you can die from drugs and get diseases like lung cancer. Also you will have bad breath, no friends, and you could get kicked out of the house, and you could be poor for a long time. I will be drug free for the rest of my life thanks to Officer Greenburgh.
By Paul

I feel that the dare program is a good educational program. In the beginning I was looking forward to D.A.R.E. because it was fun. I feel what I have learned in D.A.R.E. is helpful now and will be in the future.

I have learned many things in D.A.R.E. to help me avoid drugs and violence. Officer Greenberg has taught us how to say no to drugs like marijuana. We can stay away from drugs by joining after school clubs and sports. Take up most of your time with the right friends and family. Most importantly chose your friends wisely.

I think it is important to be drug free because drugs are bad for you. Don't take drugs so you won't get hurt. I also want to stay healthy and be successful, with myself.
By Robert 

The DARE program helps you to recognize the danger of drugs and violence. The DARE program is fun because you learn how to stay drug-free. I think it is a good program because it teaches us how to say " No thanks!" to drugs.

DARE taught me the pressures that may influence me to experiment with tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs. There are three kinds of pressures that cause people to do drugs. The first one is friendly pressure. Friendly pressure is when you ask a person to some a cigarette in a nice way. The other kind of pressure is teasing pressure. That's when somebody asks you to smoke some cigarettes while teasing you. Heavy pressure is another kind of pressure. An example of that is, if somebody asks you to smoke some and you say no, they will threaten you until you say yes.

I think it is important to be drug free and avoid violence. I think you should avoid drugs or you will not be able to play sports. If you do drugs you will damage your health so you can't do certain things. If you don't stay drug free you will lose friends and may end up in a gang. I want to be drug and violence free so I will have a successful future for myself, family, and friends.
By Jenna

5L D.A.R.E. I have learned, from D.AR.E. to be drug free. I fell ready when someone me to do drugs. I felt good when Officer Greenberg is coming into the classroom. I'm happy I have D.A.R.E because it has taught me a lot. Now I know I'm never going to do drugs.

I think it is important to be drug free and avoid violence. If you do drugs you will lose all your friends because they don't want to be around someone that smokes and does drugs. Smoking can give you lung cancer and a lot of other kinds of cancer. Smokers lose about 20 years of their life if they smoke. Drugs kill 200,000 people a day. I know every 8 seconds someone from doing do drugs.

D.A.R.E. has taught me to be drug free. Officer Greenberg taught us to be healthy. He taught to stay away from people that smoke. Drink driving can kill you and someone else in the car. The people who make cigarettes and alcohol put beautiful people on their commercials so it looks cool. I think drugs are worse now because I didn't know that much about them in 4th grade. I am glad I took D.A.R.E.
by Will

I feel DARE is a great program for everyone. DARE stands for DRUG ABUSE RESISTANT EDUCATION. DARE teaches us how to avoid the wrong kids. It also shows how to stay drug free. If I forget there will always be someone there to help us. When I ever go to DARE, it teaches us helpful lessons.

I learned not to do drugs and to avoid violence. I also learned that drugs can cause cancer and can sometimes even cause death. Stress or boredom can cause choosing to do Drugs. I stay violence free because someone could get hurt and it might be me.

I would not do drugs because I have better things to do these are called alternatives. Alternatives are sports and other activities that I do. I get myself busy so I don't get bored. But some other kids did not get a chance to learn about DARE so they get bored and start doing drugs.

I know how to stay drug free because if I do drugs it will hurt my health and I donít want that. Drugs can also make you stop hanging out with your friends and lose interest in other activities. Doing drugs will disappoint my family members. So if someone asks me to do drugs, I say no and so should you!
By Alice

D.A.R.E. is a great program. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. I will miss the D.A.R.E. program and the things it teaches.

In the D.A.R.E. program, I have learned so much. I have learned to say no to drugs and violence. It is not a way to live your life. I have what drugs can do and who to take them from, such as doctors or your parents. Another thing I is, if you choose the right friends, and keep yourself busy, you probably won't do drugs. I learned the definition to words such as risk, peer pressure, drugs, and more. These are most of the things I learned in the D.A.R.E. program. I have many reasons to stay drug free. I have my brother

who is eight years old and he looks up to me. I have my health and future because I want to go to collage and become a vet. Also, there are just better things to do than ruin yourself with drugs. These are my main reasons for not doing drugs.

I think the D.A.R.E. program is a program that changes how we feel about drugs. It is great to help teach about good and bad drugs. It teaches words and their meanings. Mr. Greenberg has shown us one of the greatest programs ever, and I will miss his teaching. This is what I think of the D.A.R.E. program.

I hope all of you learned about the D.A.R.E. program, and I hope you enjoy the graduation.
By Silena

D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. This is what we have been learning about for the past few months. The helpful facts I have learned will stay in my mind.

D.A.R.E. was really, really, great. It is a fun way to learn to stay drug and violence free. Officer Greenberg was the best. D.A.R.E. was also fun because of Daren the Lion. He is the symbol of D.A.R.E. and everyone liked to hold him. As we learned more, we did skits about saying no to drugs, to stay healthy, and to stay out of trouble. Now I will stay drug and violence free for life.

I have learned so many ways to say no to drugs and fighting. We learned the 8 ways to say no. If you do drugs you won't stay healthy. Alcohol can do damage to your body. I will avoid gangs, and join clubs, programs, and sports I like to do. These are the many ways to help me not take drugs.

I think it's important to stay drug-free because I will have a lot more friends, and I will feel and look better. I will also be smarter, I won't get into trouble, and I will stay healthy!

D.A.R.E. has taught me so much and I will remember it. So if anyone offers me drugs or alcohol, I will be prepared.
By Laura

D.A.R.E. makes me feel cool because I don't do drugs. D.A.R.E. is fun and Officer Greenberg is very nice. Some times we get to act out plays and play games .I like the D.A.R.E. box. I like listening to other people's questions. It was interesting to learn more about the different types of drugs and how they are bad for you.

In D.A.R.E., I learned eight different ways to say ''NO'' to drugs and violence. I think that the best way to say no is just to keep saying, "NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!" We learned about alternatives like joining clubs and playing sports. These things will keep us out of trouble and out of the wrong crowd. We learned new vocabulary that I didn't know like youth gang, and media.

I think it's important to be drug-free and avoid violence because then you won't get hurt. Doing drugs hurts your family and your friends. Staying away from drugs makes it easier to do well in school. Doing drugs and fighting will make me feel bad about myself.
By Demetrios

I think leaned a lot from this program likes to keep busy and don't smoke. I think this program is great because it confidence to say no to drugs and smoking. It also taught us what it could do to us. It is important to be drug-free because it can kill you or harm you very badly and you can end up jail.

We have learned to stay out of trouble by singing up for activities. Such as after school programs, like the great cookie bake off, nature programs, and homework clubs. Another way is to play sports like soccer and basketball.

I think it's important to be drug- free and avoid violence. I think this because you can be badly hurt. If you smoke you could get lung cancer, and other diseases. You could also be put in jail for being to violent and for drinking and driving.
By Olivia

For the past few weeks I have been taking a class called D.A.R.E. D.A.R.E. is an educational program that teaches you how to stay away from drugs and violence. It stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. I have learned a lot of things.

I think D.A.R.E. is a fun and exciting program. I enjoy learning what is right, and wrong for me. I also enjoy learning about consequences, and different kinds of pressure. I think D.A.R.E. is fun because we do different activities while we learn.

In D.A.R.E. I have learned things that can help me stay drug free, and avoid violence. For example, I have learned different ways to say no to drugs. I have learned the consequences of violence.

I think it's important to stay drug free and violence free because it could ruin your whole life. For example drugs can kill you, violence could get you into a gang, and you could end up killing someone or your self.

I learned a lot of things in D.A.R.E. that are important in my life, and I thank Officer Greenberg for this.
By Kenia

D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. D.A.R.E. helps you stay drug-free and avoid violence. Officer Greenberg is nice because if you want to talk to him because of something that happened he will help you.

Before I went to D.A.RE. I didn't know what was in cigarettes or that it causes lots of diseases like cancer. Drugs and violence are bad because they also cause damage. Thatís why I think everyone should be drug-free. There are many ways of saying no to drugs like, 1- saying ''No thanks'', 2- giving a reason or excuse, 3- repeated refusal, 4- walking away, 5- changing the subject, 6- avoiding the situation, 7- cold shoulder, 8- strength in numbers. Also you can do an activity that will keep you away from drugs. I think it is important to be drug-free because if you are drug-free you will be healthier, and have more friends. If you do drugs you can go to jail. Thatís why I think everyone should be drug-free.
By Marcelo

What I feel of the DARE program. At the beginning of the year I was excited because I herd of all of the fun DARE activities I would be doing. Some of the things I already knew, and that made me feel smart. Yet I feel sad because we won't have any more classes.

The things I learned in DARE are to keep your self busy with things you love and you'll stay drug- free. You'll never be pushed to do drugs or violent things. I also learned to not make stupid choices with the law. I think being drug-free is important because you could have a great life ahead of you. Your unique in many ways. Also you should be you.

Thatís why I think DARE is great.
By Anthony

I think the D.A.R.E. program changes the way we think about drugs. D.A.R.E. means Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It teaches about the many dangers of drugs. Drugs are substances that have many different chemicals. They come in many forms.

There are many ways to avoid drugs. Just saying no is the best. Violence won't help in any way. Also some people won't quit no matter how much you ask them. If you think drugs are cool, think again. They take someone's life every 8 seconds.

There are many kinds of drugs. There are also many effects. Some drugs make you drunk and uncontrollable. Some cause dizziness and seizures. Most however, can take your life.

Many people care about you. There are organizations to help.
By Chaithanya

I think the D.A.R.E. program is a great program and I'm glad our school has it. I always knew cigarettes were bad for you, but I never knew that they were drugs.

This wonderful program has taught me a lot, and made me a stronger person. I won't be afraid to say "no" when someone offers me drugs. Even if the people smoking think they are cool, I have been taught to walk away and be myself. Some kids want to be cool, so they hang out with the older kids and make the wrong choices.

I want to be drug-free and avoid violence so I can live a long and healthy life. I don't want to damage anything in my body too. In addition, my family would be so disturbed and disappointed that I would loose their trust. I would also like to be a role model to the younger kids, so when I'm in high school, I can come back and show everyone that it's not cool to do drugs.
By Stacey

I feel D.A.R.E. is an exciting and educational program that has helped me learn how to have a healthy future. It was something that I looked forward to. I feel that it's helpful too. Officer Greenberg makes learning fun telling us real life stories about his experiences of being a police officer. Officer Greenberg is caring, nice and fun to be with. He also visits us outside of the classroom. He gives us a lot of cool stuff such as pencils, erasers, stickers and more.

I have learned many useful striates to help me live a better life. D.A.R.E. teaches you to help you with your life. For example, it is important to have activities to keep you busy and out of trouble. Smoking could not only cause disease such as lung cancer, but it can also destroy your skin, nails, and teeth. You may think you look cool on the outside but inside it is destroying you and making your lungs black. Drugs can ruin your life. It can also cause you to lose friends and trust of your family. I also learned things I should know in high school.

It is important to be drug and violence free because I learned to have a more successful life. You can get in big trouble. You will spend all of your money on drugs and alcohol. You will start stealing money. You will turn into a bad person who does harmful and illegal activities. D.A.R.E. has prepared me for many years ahead.
By Alexander 

I feel happy about D.A.R.E. because I learned what is wrong and what is right. I also like it because I learned facts t never knew before. It's also fun.

I learned that 2,000 people die each day from drugs. If I keep busy and play sports I will stay away from drugs too. Also not a lot of people smoke in high school as many as I thought.

I think it's important to be drug free because it might effect the friends you have. I you get addicted you might hurt yourself or become a criminal also you will have more time for friends and other activities.

D.A.R.E. was not only educational but entertaining as well. The program is worthwhile.
By Matthew

The DARE program is great! One time Officer Greenberg came in and showed us a movie. The movie told us that drugs, smoking, and alcohol are very bad for you. We made a DARE box so Officer Greenberg could answer our questions and no one would know who asked them. His answers will help us make the correct choices in the future.

In DARE I have learned many things. Some of these things are that we should pick good friends and stay busy. He also told us that we should avoid kids that smoke or do drugs. He told us that we have alternatives.

Drugs can ruin your life. By taking drugs or by smoking you can lose friends. You would hurt your parents and they wouldn't support your decision. You might even get depressed and turn to alcohol. The alcohol would destroy your brain when you abuse your right to drink it. Since I took DARE I won't make the wrong decisions.
By Arielle

In D.A.R.E. we learned a lot about drugs and violence in a fun way. We learned lots of things about drugs. We learned how to say No! If someone asks you, "Do you want to try drugs?" You just keep saying no, then you walk away. We also learned all the types of drugs and what damage they can do to us. They ruin our lungs and make us act stupid. I decided not to take drugs. We also learned many words I never heard before such as youth-gang and alternatives. I also learned that if you want to stay away from drugs you have to keep busy. I will stay with my friends and play sports. We also learned about the kinds of pressure like peer pressure. I feel D.A.R.E. is very educational, we get taught very important facts, and it teaches us the right information for the future. I feel that they are teaching in a fun way. I also feel that the D.A.R.E. program can keep who ever they teach safe. It is important to be drug-free and avoid violence. It's important not to smoke because they ruin your lungs and make it hard for you to breathe. You also should be drug-free because when you're on drugs you begin to lose your friends. It's important to be violence free because when you're violent your friends don't like you. It's important to be drug-free because when you're on drugs you begin to smell like smoke and your teeth become yellow. It's important to become violence free because little kids might look up to you and you want them to do the right thing. This is why I like D.A.R.E. program. It is educational, fun, and it shows us the right people to listen to.
by Joey

I feel that the D.A.R.E. Program should be in every school. It teaches you not to do drugs. The D.A.R.E. officers support you. The officers tell you other occupations.

The D.A.R.E. program will help me stay away from violence. I have learned many strategies. We can join clubs and sports teams. These are called alternatives. You can be a broken record a say NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO. Give an excuse to get away or just say no.

It's important to stay away from drugs and violence. You can get hurt sick or killed. You can get drunk and hurt some one. You can ruin your future. Disappoint your self, family, and teachers.

This is why D.A.R.E. should be in every school.
By Cory

When I was in 4th grade I always wondered what it would be like in D.A.R.E. Well now I'm about to graduate from D.A.R.E. and I've learned a lot of things.

I feel I've learned so much in D.A.R.E. that I didn't know about drugs and alcohol. They can give you diseases and ruin your lungs. You could lose respect from other people and you can't think to do to well in school. Alcohol makes you do things you'll regret like hurt somebody.

Something I never knew about drugs are that they kill a person every eight seconds. Other facts like the meanings of words such as assertiveness, which means, a way of telling people your rights while still respecting theirs. We were taught to use assertiveness to say no to drugs.

To me it's important to stay drug and violence free so I can do well in school, keep my friends, and have a healthy body. However, the most important is to live a good life away from drugs and violence.

I'm proud of myself and it will be a great honor to graduate.
By David Y.

I love the D.A.R.E. program! It's so much fun! We always looked forward to Officer Greenberg's arrival. I'm sad it had to end so soon. It helps you stay healthy and keeps you motivated. It's a great way to stay healthy and it's a lot of fun.

I've learned lots of ways to stay drug free. I've learned to pick my friends wisely. I think I've already done that. I also learned there is always someone to turn to if your in trouble. You should also have hobbies to keep you busy. 
By Stephen

 

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