St. Francis D.A.R.E. classes graduate

Press Release

Two Grade 6 classes from St. Francis completed their Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program last Thursday.
D.A.R.E. is a highly-acclaimed program that gives kids skills needed to avoid involvement in drugs and violence.
The students had a fantastic time learning how to implement the D.A.R.E. model, including decision-making, making good choices, learning how to respond in difficult situations, and evaluating their decisions.
Fort Frances OPP Cst. Anne McCoy is their D.A.R.E. officer and she taught them the facts about alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. As students learned the facts about these drugs, they had the knowledge to empower them to make factual decisions.
The D.A.R.E. decision-making model helps students throughout their life as they can apply the model to all problems or challenges they might face.
During the graduation ceremony, Cst. McCoy awarded students with their D.A.R.E. certificates, T-shirts, and water bottles to all the grads. She awarded the winning students of the D.A.R.E. essay contest.
The first-place winners were Sophie Potvin-Begin and Connor Bujold, who both received their very own “Daren the Lion” and read their essays to the large crowd on hand.
Herman Rodrigues and Ron Bernardi were there to present a $25 cash prize to winners Kobe Gardiman, Anika Alexander, Cara Sane-Calder, and Maria Ball.
As well, Gord McQuarrie was at the graduation to present a cheque in the amount $,2646 to the Rainy River District D.A.R.E. program.
The money was raised through Tim Hortons “Smile Cookie”
Cst. McCoy extended her gratitude to McQuarrie and the entire Tim Hortons staff for their hard work in making all the cookies and thanked everyone who bought the cookies in support of the D.A.R.E. program!
The money will help police officers teach the D.A.R.E. program in the 15 schools within Rainy River District.