Local fifth graders graduate from D.A.R.E.

Jennifer Ely/The Caledonia Argus  Jackie Li, Ethan Jacobson, Elise Gordon and Taryn Meyer are pictured with Caledonia Police Chief Kurt Zehnder. The students were given special recognition for their DARE essays. ~ Jennifer Ely
Jennifer Ely/The Caledonia Argus
Jackie Li, Ethan Jacobson, Elise Gordon and Taryn Meyer are pictured with Caledonia Police Chief Kurt Zehnder. The students were given special recognition for their DARE essays.
~ Jennifer Ely

An Editor’s Note: The Caledonia Argus is pleased to bring you this year’s winning D.A.R.E. essays.


Dare Essay

By Jackie Li


The first important thing in D.A.R.E. for me is D.A.R.E. stands for D drug, A abuse, R resistance, E education and all that together is Drug Abuse Resistance Education. The second important thing in D.A.R.E. for me is the D.A.R.E. decision model which is Define, Assess, Respond and Evaluate. D.A.R.E. rules are: raise your hand so that only one person speaks at a time, observe and use the quiet signal and only ask questions that feel comfortable to you. Officer Johnson and Officer Zehnder told us drugs, tobacco and cigarettes do nothing but mess your body up.

Some effects about tobacco can cause the way your brain works, chewing tobacco can cause mouth cancer, tooth loss and other health problems. Some effects and facts about smoking are heart disease, more colds, lung cancer, yellow teeth, dry skin and illegal for people under 18 (19 in some states). some facts and effects about alcohol are it is illegal for anyone under 21, most teens don’t drink. Some effects about alcohol are loss of coordination, poor judgement and memory loss.

Some resistance strategies are to say no when someone asks you to smoke with them or if you see people smoking try to go in a different direction. If someone asks you if you want a cigarette just say no and walk away. If you are ever being bullied just go tell the teacher that you’re getting bullied or have them stop or you’re going to tell the teacher. The word bully means to repeat something someone doesn’t want you to do or  keep calling people names over and over. If you can try to use nonverbal communication (talk out not just stare at them with a bad face) to stop bullying.

Another way of bullying is cyber bullying (bullying people on the internet). If you saw an old lady that fell off her bike and you didn’t know her would you help her or would you leave her there? If you saw someone get hit in the face by a baseball from the other team would you let him/her lay there or would you help them? If you saw a homeless man/woman would you give them a dollar if you had one? D.A.R.E. teaches you to help other people out.

If you are a good citizen you should try to stop bullying and help  people. D.A.R.E. officers Johnson and Zehnder did a very good job teaching us about D.A.R.E. This is a pledge: “I, Jackie Li, pledge to be drug, tobacco and cigarette free.” Thank you, Officer Johnson and Officer Zehnder for teaching us about D.A.R.E., and you did an awesome job.



By Elise Gordon


This year in fifth grade we learned about D.A.R.E. We learned about what drugs can do to your body and how they will affect you in your later life. We also got to put questions in the D.A.R.E. box, then when the officer came he would take some questions out of the D.A.R.E. box and answer them. D.A.R.E. is to tell the fifth graders what drugs will do to your body and that it is better to be drug free. We have D.A.R.E. to help us not become a drug user. Being a drug user is not good for us nor the people around us.

There are many bad things that can happen to your body from drugs like smoking can cause lung cancer, heart disease and you can have upper respiratory problems that can be harder to recover from. Smoking reduces the amount of blood flow to the brain and that would interfere with how the brain works. If you drink under age you are not following the law and you can slow down the brain and the body. If you have been wondering what D.A.R.E. means it is Drug, Abuse, Resistance, Education. The D.A.R.E. decision making model is Define, Assess, Respond, Evaluate.

If somebody offers you a drug you should always say “No.” You should stick with people who are non users, meaning they do not do drugs. There are about 75,000 deaths in the U.S. that are related to alcohol every year. Two health effects of alcohol are memory loss and slow reflexes.

Bullying is a bad issue and we are learning how to handle bullying and what can happen. If you are being bullied you should tell an adult and who was doing the bullying. You can become stressed and maybe feel like you have done something bad and might not even want to come to school. If you think the bully will find out who was telling about the bullying you can tell an adult privately. If you are a bystander you should not be afraid to help the person being bullied.

I hope lots of other people do D.A.R.E. We should all be good citizens and do random acts of kindness for other people.

I pledge to be drug free.


D.A.R.E. Report

By Ethan Jacobson


Bullying is more than just teasing and name calling. It can be more than just that. It’s not fun being bullied, and it could go forever if you don’t report what’s happening.

What I’ve learned in D.A.R.E. is that it’s not cool to bully people. Bullying is an aggressive or unwanted behavior that’s used over and over again to isolate, harm or control another person. If I do see bullying I’ll go find a teacher or a responsible adult. Getting bullied isn’t fun at all.

D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. I’ll use the D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model or the five Ws to report bullying. If I get bullied I’ll use D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model. If someone else is getting bullied I’ll use the five Ws of reporting bullying.

I’m planning on using the D.D.M.M. and the five Ws of reporting bullying at school and other places. I hope that if people don’t bully this school will be a nice, happy, fun place for kids. D.A.R.E. is great.

I’ll never bully. I’ll use the D.D.M.M. and the five Ws of reporting bullying. D.A.R.E. is awesome!


My DARE Report

By Taryn Meyer


DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Did you know that there are 75,000 deaths each year in the US related to alcohol? To avoid pressure of people trying to get you to do drugs or drink, hang out with your friends who don’t smoke or drink. If you do end up going places that people do that kind of stuff, go with other people who don’t do that type of stuff. If your friends pressure you to try smoking or drinking, resist it.

In DARE, I learned that considering the positive and negative consequences of a decision is an important part of making responsible and safe choices. I also learned that health effects of using alcohol include memory loss, slow reflexes, poor judgement and loss of coordination. Health effects of using tobacco include loss of blood flow to the brain, interfering with the way the brain works, heart disease, lung cancer, tooth loss and many more colds than a non-smoker. It is up to you to make good choices. That means you need to think through the consequences of each choice to make smart choices.

The DARE Decision Making Model is Define, Assess, Respond, Evaluate. Define is to describe the problem, opportunity or challenge. Assess is to look at and think through your choices. Respond is to make a choice using the facts you’ve gathered. And Evaluate is to review the decision. I have used the model in Peer Helper. For example, when there is an issue on the playground they Define the problem by telling me the problem they are having. I help them Assess the problem by giving them choices. When they Respond, they tell me their decision. They then evaluate their decision by me asking them if they chose the right decision.

I plan to use what I’ve learned about making safe and responsible choices in every day life, such as choosing what to eat at home and at restaurants. For example, say I am choosing between the two. Then I Assess my choices and ask myself: how often do I have each of these? I will then Respond by choosing fish and chips because I have sandwiches a lot at home. Then I will Evaluate my choice by asking myself if I chose the right food. I also plan to use what I have learned in using my own money to buy stuff.

In the end, thank you Officer Johnson for teaching all of us in fifth grade DARE even though you hurt your arm. Remember: DRUGS AND ALCOHOL ARE VERY VERY BAD FOR YOU, ESPECIALLY WHILE YOU ARE STILL GROWING!!!! Be sure to avoid places where kids smoke or drink. Or course it is illegal for kids and teens to smoke and drink, but some crazy people still do it. In the end, I pledge to be drug and alcohol free so I can live a long and healthy life.