Monday, May 23, 2011
Say it- D.A.R.E. When you do, kids and adults don’t wonder what the letters mean. Instead, they quickly announce that the acronym simply stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. D.A.R.E. resonates with groups of people because since its founding in Los Angeles in 1983, the program, known for preventing drug and alcohol abuse for kids, has now been implemented in 75 percent of our nation’s school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world. Felton Laboratory School is one among the 75 percent in our nation that has engaged its students in the D.A.R.E. program, and on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 9 a.m. in the Felton Laboratory School Gymnasium, fifth graders will graduate from this ten-week curriculum course.
According to SC State sergeant, Herman Singletary, who administers the series of lessons, the D.A.R.E. program utilizes role plays and the dissemination of basic facts to encourage elementary students to steer away from drugs. “We teach lessons such as how to identify peer pressure,” says Singletary. “I also display the decision making model which will help students to identify a problem and a solution. Plus, we give them basic facts on why alcohol is bad for you.” Additionally, Singletary notes that bullying is emphasized during the course, as it too plays a role in alcohol and drug abuse.
This year, Curtis Wilson will be the keynote speaker for the D.A.R.E. graduation. Wilson, the morning anchor for WLTX, works with services aimed at reducing the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs within the teen community. A prime role model for all Felton Laboratory School students, Wilson is a broadcast veteran who spent 24 years in radio before moving to television. Involved in the Midlands community, Wilson is a member of the 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia and the Palmetto Grand Masonic Lodge. He works with the Harvest Hope Food Bank, the Sickle Cell Foundation, American Red Cross, Oliver Gospel Mission, United Way and the Columbia Urban League. You can also hear him on the Columbia radio station, 101.3 the Big DM.
For more information on Felton Laboratory School’s D.A.R.E. graduation, contact Singletary at (803) 928-7008.