DARE program expands into Wellington County

This year the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program will be taught to grade 6 students in Erin, Puslinch and old Arthur township, by County OPP Constables Laura Gromeder, Mike Deboer, Pete Fowler, and Bob Bortolato.  

The program began on March 3 and will run for 10 weeks as part of the grade 6 curriculum. There are nine lessons that will focus on:

– accurate information about drug, and alcohol abuse;

– tobacco use;

– positive alternatives to substance abuse and violent behaviour;

– recognizing peer pressure;

– friendship; and

– the role of advertising

The 10th week involves a graduation ceremony for the students. Families are encour­ag­ed to attend and recognize their children’s accomplish­ments.

The DARE program is sponsored by the local Erin, Puslinch, and Arthur Optimist Clubs. For more information on the DARE program becoming a part of other communities, contact Bortolato at 519-856-1506.