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34 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, January 30 - February 5, 1998 SCHOOL & EDtI, EATION D.A.R.E. adds violence component to fifth-grade program Delaware State Police officers who teach the Drug Abuse Resis- tance Education (D.A.R.E.) pro- gram in Delaware offer a unique incentive to their students. Fifth- or sixth-grade students participate in an essay contest, in which they describe their career goals. Win- ners from each school then get to spend the day with a professional from that field. "People are so receptive to help- ing out," said Cpl. Brendan Warn- er, D.A.R.E. officer. He said past winners have had the opportuni- ties to be zookeepers, marine biol- ogists, doctors and many other interesting professionals "for a day," said Warner. "It's just to get the kids to start thinking and focusing a little bit on what they want to do," he said. "It's fun to dream." This year's Lewes Middle School winner, Sarah Murray, aspires to a career in acting. Fol- lowing is her winning essay: "Singing at Rockefeller, acting on Broadway or big screen, danc- ing in a theater full of ballet lovers, and pictures on front cov- ers. Most people who have met me are most likely to say I had my heart set in being in the entertain- ment business. But in order to do so I have to set my goals. My first is to be a high school and college graduate. I would get to college with a scholarship and lots of hard work. I would love to succeed in all I do including school and my job. I also would like to be a role model to others. Like the late Princess Diana, I would like to reach out'to others in a special way. Of course, I would like to travel. While doing this, I would still like to live with and take care of my parents. I also want to keep in touch with all of my friends and make new friends, too. "In order to be a success and achieve all my goals, I will have to remember all I learned in D.A.R.E. I will definitely have to know how to say no and make right decisions. If I want to be role model to others, I will have to talk and help others in a good way. I must not forget to think about the consequences especially in school. Walking away and staying out of violent situations is also important Continued on page 35 MMS students take a D.A.R.E. in their own words By Rosanne Pack A full house of parents, family and friends recently gathered in Milton Middle School to celebrate the graduation of the latest class of Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) students. Elected offi- cials, law enforcement officers and educators participated in the graduation, but the graduating stu- dents, all fifth-graders, took center stage for much of the program as they put the meaning of D.A.R.E. into their own words. At the conclusion of the eight- week program, each student wrote an essay telling what they learned and how they will apply the lessons of D.A.R.E. to their lives. Many referred to the careers that they plan, and several commented on the violence-avoidance compo- nent that was added to the pro- gram this school year. One student from each class was chosen to read his or her essay at the gradua- tion. Daryl Wegner, a student of Deb- bie Hilligoss and Ida Fitchett, wrote, "I have been in D.A.R.E. for the past several weeks. D.A.R.E. is a lot of fun. I am going to talk about four things D.A.R.E. helped me with so I can be a good mechanic. Continued on page 35 Kerry Kestor photo Essay contest winners enjoyed some time in the spotlight at Lewes Middle School, during a Drug Abuse Resistance Education graduation ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 22. Shown are (I-r) Sue Jones, fifth-grade teacher;, Kevin DeShields; Sarah Murray; Noellia Brady; Karen Simkins, fifth-grade teacher;, Brittany Jackson; Dr. Marvin Morris, fifth-grade teacher; and Delaware State Police Cpl. Brendan Warner. Rosanne Pack photos Above, Daryl Wegner shows off a soccer ball that he won during the door prize draw- ings at the Milton Middle School D.A.R.E. graduation. He is a double winner since he earned a medal when his essay was chosen for a spe- cial presentation. Above, Milton Middle School teacher Cherry Barranco gives her son Andrew a hug at the D.A.R.E. graduation while Cpl. Daniel Hall and program coordinator and teacher Joanne Reihm look On. your mom always says? Always tell the truth? Maybe President Clinton should have listened to his mom. We discussed perjury and impeachment. I would rather have been giving them information about our needy Cuban neighbors and their opportunity for some relief. This was a lesson in history that I did not expect to teach. Eleven- year-old children deserve better. Wanted! Better role models for our children. Experience necessary. Immedi- ate vacancy in our nation's leader- ship. Just this week I found myself in front of a classroom of 11-year- olds trying to explain President Clinton's recent behavior. Even the closest Clinton aides were having difficulty with this one. I was reasonably uncomfort- able. Each Thursday, I teach a lesson from the newspaper. Some of my most memorable classroom moments have come from the headlines of the day. We've dis- cussed the death penalty, commu- nism, Iraq and pollution. Incredi- ble learning jumps right off the page. Sixth-graders are fascinated by Diane Albanese current events. Some days, how- SCHOOL JOURNAL ever, even veteran teachers are confounded by how to interpret current events, especially when human behavior seems so fickle. Last week really broke my heart. We started out reading about the Pope's historic visit to Cuba. I was ready with a little Cuban/United States history les- son and a great deal of information about an embargo. I thought I would lead them through a clever discussion of the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, but no! We wound up tak- ing about the potential sexual mis- conduct of the president of the United States. "How could he do this, Mrs. Albanese? How could he cheat on his wife and get another girl in trouble?" they asked me. In their innocent, simple world, he had betrayed them. They told me that Clinton was supposed to be a role model for them. No easy explanations came to me but I told them to choose their role models carefully. What would happen now? We discussed the issues. I tried to sort it out for them. I didn't know if President Clinton had done any- thing wrong. The real issue is whether or not he lied about it. Remember what Eleven-ye00tr-old children deserve better role models