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Fifth-graders D.A.R.E. to take the pledge

April 3, 2015
Estherville News

This Tuesday, Estherville Lincoln Central fifth-graders pledged to abstain from tobacco, drugs and alcohol - all part of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

While D.A.R.E. has been around for quite a few years now, the message can never be overemphasized. If we all teach kids that using illegal drugs is wrong and warn them about the dangers of tobacco and alcohol, they will approach adulthood more well prepared.

It's what D.A.R.E. teaches about how to resist peer pressure that's most important, though.

If kids can develop a strong sense of self-esteem, they'll not be impacted nearly as much when other kids dare (in a much more negative sense) them to "just try it once". The problem is that once can turn to twice which can turn into a lifetime addiction.

When kids are in fifth grade, though, their sense of self-esteem is not yet fully formed. With the help of their parents or mentors, kids can realize they have a long life ahead of them - a life that's filled with making choices, and hopefully the right ones.

When we're in fifth grade, our potential is still limitless. We can still study hard and get good grades and avoid those things that are bad for us like cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. We're still young enough to work hard at sports, to volunteer in the community or church or help out at home.

In fifth grade, we still have plenty of room to fill out our boots and become an outstanding young woman or man. There is no limit to what we can do.

Congratulations on doing the right thing, ELC fifth-graders. You've taken a good first step on the road toward a positive and productive life.

Now let's continue what you've started, and make yours a life of which everyone - especially yourself - can be proud.

 
 
 

 

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