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On Friday, the 6th grade students at Second Street School participated in their D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony at the State Capitol in the Rotunda. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. But it means a whole lot more to the 6th graders graduating from the program at Second Street School. Always in the crosshairs to be cut from some budget, the D.A.R.E. Program started back in 1983 in Los Angeles. Twenty-one years later, that message is going high-tech, interactive, and decision-model based, wherein real scenarios are presented to the kids.
Frankfort Police Officer Mike Wells served as the instructor of the D.A.R.E. Course in Second Street, where forty-eight kids participated and graduated. All of the children were required to write an essay on “Students Taking a Stand”, where the essays were based on the D.A.R.E. losing funding years after year. The student were asked, “Do you think DARE is a worth while program to keep?” Using facts and anecdotes, the students were asked to write an argument explaining their position. The ten best children’s essays were chosen as winners and they got to read their passionate and empowering essays to those in attendance.
“Students Taking a Stand” Essay Winners
- Taylor Amburgey
- Alex Aossey
- Serenity Baily
- Madison Close
- Akosha Jones
- Chris Meadows
- George Perry
- Kennadie Prichett
- Carly Sutton
- Kennadi Woods
After a moving story and letter read by Frankfort Independent School System Superintendent Rich Crowe, all students were presented their graduation diplomas by Frankfort Mayor Bill May.