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November 19, 2010 > St. John's School DARE graduation

St. John's School DARE graduation

Submitted by Daryl Sequeira, Milpitas PD
Photo by Noel Mangoba

Drug Abuse Resistance Education, better known as DARE, is an international education program that seeks to prevent drug abuse and membership in gangs, and encourages making good decisions in life. It is not just about drug abuse, but has lessons on gangs, violence prevention, internet safety, bullying and more. DARE is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children in fifth grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive, drug and violence-free lives. Through DARE, students learn how to interact with police officers in a controlled, safe, classroom environment.

On November 3, St. John the Baptist School in Milpitas celebrated the year's first DARE graduation. This marks the 18th year the Milpitas Police Department has worked with the fifth grade class at St. John's School. The graduating class consisted of 22 fifth grade students. Several police officers and students from all grades attended the ceremony.

The fifth grade class worked with DARE Officer Gene Smith for several weeks and participated in a contest involving the creation of a DARE poster, and wrote essays regarding what they had learned in the program.

Winner of the essay contest was Jillian Nool, and the poster award went to Albert Nguyen. Ethan To was honored with the Most Inspirational Student award. All of these students received medals for their performances.

Patrick Gloria was named the Top DARE Student, for his essay, poster, and participation, and was rewarded with a trophy presented by Chief Dennis Graham.

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