D.A.R.E. students graduate

D.A.R.E. students graduate

DareGrads

The North Bay Police Service congratulates recent graduates of the Drug Abuse Residence Education (D.A.R.E.) program.

From September to December this school year, D.A.R.E. officer Constable Merv Shantz taught a total of 272 students in grades 5 and 6, from the following seven schools:

1. E.T. Carmichael Public School (North Bay);
2. St. Luke Catholic Elementary School (North Bay);
3. Vincent Massey Public School (North Bay);
4. Dr. MacDougall Public School (North Bay);
5. Silver Birches School (North Bay);
6. Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School (North Bay); and
7. St. Theresa Catholic Elementary School (Callander).

At D.A.R.E. graduation ceremonies held in school classrooms and gymnasiums from Tuesday December 8th to Thursday December 17th, Cst. Shantz presented special gifts to select essay winners, as well as D.A.R.E. certificates and t-shirts to all graduates.

Students making wise choices
The goal of the police officer-led eleven-lesson D.A.R.E. program is to help students develop strategies and confidence to make healthy decisions when faced with day-to-day problems. The program teaches children how to resist peer pressure and how to live productive drug- and violence-free lives.