D.A.R.E. still making a difference

Wallace Elementary School sixth-grader Natalea Eigenberg
presents her Taking a Stand essay during the D.A.R.E.
graduation Tuesday at the school.

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program is just as relevant today in raising awareness among youth about the dangers of using drugs and alcohol as it was 30 years ago when D.A.R.E was founded.

In 1983, Daryl F. Gates, a Los Angeles chief of police, instituted D.A.R.E. to help prevent drug abuse in the city. In the years since, hundreds of police departments across the country have trained and certified officers to teach the program in their cities.

"I've said it before and I'll say it again, D.A.R.E. is a very important program for our students here," Wallace Elementary Principal Allyson Bohlen told the audience during a D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony Tuesday for 21 sixth-graders. "If we can catch them at an early age and teach them about making good decisions, how to resist peer pressure and to stand up for what is right, it does make a difference as they grow older."

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