Hot Springs students graduate D.A.R.E. program — aim to make positive life choices

Photo taken by the Hot Springs Police Department

HOT SPRINGS, S.D.— On Tuesday Hot Springs Police Department and fifth grade students from Hot Springs Middle School celebrated graduating D.A.R.E.

Captain Wainman spent the last ten weeks teaching students about good life decisions. D.A.R.E. is a highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983, and has proven so successful that it is being implemented in thousands of schools throughout the U.S. and more than 50 other countries reaching more than 1.5 million students annually. D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teach children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.

D.A.R.E.’s curricula, as well as enhancement lessons are on subjects that include bullying, internet safety, and over-the-counter prescription drugs and opiates abuse. D.A.R.E. is also the bridge to building trust and positive community-police relations.

“We do a really big deal with our D.A.R.E. program for the graduation, we get a big participation from the parents and the community,” said Captain Bill Wainman. “So it really helps with building positive relationships with the community.”

In a post on social media, the Hot Springs Police Department stated that the program wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community. They thanked the Vault for sponsoring the D.A.R.E. program this year, and for their generous donation and investment into the youth of their community.

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