During the 2012-2013 school year, Cst. Jackie Tessel of the Breton RCMP taught the DARE program at local schools. Approximately 100 students in grade 5/6 at Alder Flats Elementary, Winfield Elementary and Breton Elementary took part in the program.
DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and is a ten lesson program. It teaches students about the dangers of commonly used drugs, peer pressure, support systems and how to confidently resist drugs and peer pressure. It started in 1983 in California and is now taught world wide.
Each class enjoyed a graduation ceremony where they received a T-shirt and certificate. Parents were invited to each graduation that ended in a pizza party and a dodgeball game. It seemed evident that the parents were more enthusiastic about the dodgeball game then the students.
Thank you to the local schools for supporting the program. And a HUGE thank you to the Breton Royal Purple for their continued support throughout the years.