Having multiple D.A.R.E. graduations during the month of June is a sure sign the school year is fast coming to a close. Eight schools in the North Vancouver School District participated in the D.A.R.E (Define, Assess, Respond, Evaluate) program this school year. A total of 383 grade five students (from 13 classes) from eight schools were recognized at their separate graduations for all their hard work and achievement in completing the ten lesson program.
D.A.R.E. Grad - Braemer Elementary
D.A.R.E. Grad - Norgate Elementary
D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives. The D.A.R.E. Mission is: Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives. The D.A.R.E. Vision is: A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.
“Believing we can make a difference in the lives of our children, our officers continue their commitment to help educate the young people of North Vancouver through the cooperative effort of the school district, community, families and the RCMP,” said Cpl. Richard De Jong, spokesperson for the North Vancouver RCMP.
Officers from the North Vancouver RCMP have been teaching D.A.R.E. in the local schools since 2000.