D.A.R.E Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations to the Butler Catholic School Fifth Grade class on their achievement in completing the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. Each year the Butler County Sheriff’s Department sends an officer to Butler Catholic to lead fifth grade students through a ten-week program teaching them to lead safe, responsible and drug-free lives.  To graduate from the program all students must write an essay on what they have learned throughout the ten weeks. This year, D.A.R.E Officer Tiffani Shaffer taught the program, and recognized six students who had written the best essays at a graduation ceremony held at the Butler Catholic School Auditorium on November 16th.  First Place Winners were Alex C. and Elizabeth S.; Second Place Winners were Lauren B. and Gretchen F.; and Third Place Winners were Luke S. and Trianna W. Alex and Elizabeth read their winning essays at the ceremony, and both students spoke on how D.A.R.E. is much more than a drug resistance education program.  Elizabeth wrote, “D.A.R.E. isn’t just about drugs, smoking and alcohol.  D.A.R.E. is about the importance of communication, teaching others about what we learned, and being a good citizen.”  Alex agreed, “D.A.R.E. is a program that teaches students decision making for safe and healthy living.  The program helps students find ways to deal with stress, peer pressure, prevent drug use and prevent violence.”  All twenty-nine fifth grade students were recognized on their achievement in finishing the D.A.R.E. program at the ceremony, and were congratulated by Butler County Commissioner Kevin Boozel, members of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, and a member of the Butler County Drug & Alcohol Program.