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Monday, July 6, 2015
Knox County DARE Essay Contest 2015
DARE Officers, Knox County Sergeants John
Palmer, Lance Mitchell, and Deputy Nate Jack wrapped up this year’s DARE
classes. Students in each school wrote essays about what they learned in the
program and a winner was chosen from each school. An over-all County winner and
over-all County runner-up was chosen as well. The over-all winner received a
$100 gift card and all the other winners received $25 gift cards, Darren
Mascots, and Essay Award Medals.
Here is the essay submitted by Emily Mahoney
in Warren, who won the contest at her own school, as well as the County-wide
What D.A.R.E Means To Me!
D.A.R.E has been around for 32 years
teaching kids all around the world to be safe and make good decisions. I've always wanted to do D.A.R.E and this year I finally got to. I already knew I was never gong to smoke,
do drugs or use tobacco, but D.A.R.E
has taught me that as I get older it will be so easy to
get roped into doing drugs, under age drinking or chewing
I learned about risks which means
taking a chance, and consequences which means what
happens as a result of something you choose to
do or not to do. It can be positive or negative. I learned about resistance which
is the refusal to accept others' influence. I learned about the importance of
communication and different types of communication. For example: being unsure,
being demanding and being confident. I learned a lot more but a really important thing I learned is the D.A.R.E Decision Making Model.
D.A.R.E is an acronym for two things.
One is the D.A.R.E Decision Making Model. The
D.A.R.E Decision Making Model is for kids or adults who
are in a situation where kids or adults try to use peer
pressure to try to get them to use tobacco, smoke, do drugs or
underage drinking. It is:
Define means to think what your
Assess means to think about your
Respond means to make a decision.
Evaluate means to review
your decision to see if you made a good decision.
D.A.R.E has inspired me to make good
decisions so I can pass on the information to
other people so we can live in peaceful environment. I like
D.A.R.E because people may plan on doing drugs or
smoking when they're older, but if they have had D.A.R.E,
it might change their minds. You should also try to avoid
smoking and tobacco use because more than 400,000 americans
die each year from tobacco use. Also, almost 50,000
deaths per year can be attributed to secondhand smoke. You're not only risking
your life by smoking, but you're risking other people's lives by smoking too.
As I said in the beginning D.A.R.E has
two acronyms. The first one is the D.A.R.E Decision Making Model. The next one
is the one people are most familiar with.
It means that you have to learn to
resist drug abuse. Because drugs are so bad, if you abuse them, it can cause severe illness and very bad health effects. That is why it is very important to not abuse drugs.
Bullying is another major
thing that D.A.R.E talks about.
Being a bystander is a very serious matter. Bystander means that you are a witness to bullying or
a robbery or a car crash and you had a chance to do something but you didn't.
Being a bystander basically encourages the bully to keep bullying. Yes, if you
stand up for
someone you might then get bullied, but think about this: would you rather move
on with your life with guilt entering your mind or move on with your life
knowing that even though you got bullied, you stood up for someone and did the right thing?
D.A.R.E is supposed to teach people
how important it is to never ever abuse
drugs. It is not all about drugs, tobacco,
smoking or underage drinking, it also teaches people the importance of
communication, stress, how to stand up to big bad bullies and
a lot more. Also, if you want to get out of the peer
pressure situations you can't ever be afraid to say "no" or use the
D.A.R.E Decision Making Model.
Some people think that doing drugs,
chewing tobacco, smoking or drinking before you're 21 is just a walk in the park, but it's not. It might seem easy at first
but as life goes on just when you least
expect it everything will change forever.
D.A.R.E means everything to me because it
taught me so much and I am never going to forget the things Officer Palmer taught me. I
will also never forget Jake. I am never going to forget how important it is to
stay far away from drugs.