OLW holds D.A.R.E. grad

OPP Cst. Greg Johnson acted as emcee as the Grade 5/6 students at Our Lady of the Way School held their D.A.R.E. graduation last week.
Cst. Johnson had taught the Drug Abuse and Resistance Education program to the students for seveal weeks and then listened to the essays they had written on the subject.
He said all the essays were excellent, but faced the task of having to choose the three winners, who then re-read their essays to the gathering of parents and friends in the school gym.
Hailey Fehr took first place, followed by Audrey Chojko-Bolec in second and Joshua Zimmerman in third. Each one received a medallion for their work while Fehr also received the D.A.R.E. mascot.
“For me it is hard to part with the D.A.R.E. mascot,” said Cst. Johnson, adding the mascot has been his friend from the beginning, never parting company until now.
“But I know it will be in good hands,” he added.
Fehr wrote that she really liked the 17-week program, adding it was much fun and it inspired her. She also learned about taking a risk, and eight ways to say “no.”
“The most important thing that I learned was to stay drug-free,” she wrote.
“I think its important to stay drug-free because you could get severely hurt,” she continued. “Just be yourself, stay that way, [and] never let anyone talk you into doing drugs, drinking, or smoking.
“The thing that I do not get is why would people want to waste their lives like that,” she concluded. “People have to look at things in a positive way. Say ‘no.’”
All the students received a D.A.R.E. sweatshirt, along with a few other items and a certificate of achievement.
At the end of the program, teacher Nicole Wood thanked Cst. Johnson for his work with the students.