I have really enjoyed having D.A.R.E.this year! It is such a fun class and I wish we would have had it the last couple of years! This class has been really important to me because I had never realized what drugs can do to you and people around you. The things I have learned will be with me for the rest of my life and I will always keep in mind the consequences of doing drugs.
I really learned how to make smart choices when stuck in a situation by following the D.A.R.E. decision making model.
D- Define. Describe the challenge or problem.
A- Assess. What are my choices?
R- Respond. Make a choice using facts and information.
E- Evaluate. Did I make a good choice?
I think everyone should always follow this decision making model no matter what.
In D.A.R.E., we learned how drugs can really mess up your body and how your mind works. So I’m never going to do them because I want to be successful with my life. I want to be on the all A honor roll all through school. Then I want to graduate from high school as valedictorian and then go to college to become a veterinarian. Also, I always want little kids and people to look up to me as their role model. If I choose to do drugs, people won’t look up to me and it might ruin my chance of reaching all of my goals.
We have done a lot of fun things in D.A.R.E.! Such as the D.U.I. goggles. I really enjoyed doing these because they made your vision be all messed. If you think about catching a ball and walking in between two lines, you’d think it would be easy. If you’re drunk though, it’s a challenge. Mainly they just showed you what alcohol can do to you. I never want to get drunk because I might drive while I’m drunk and hurt someone. I would never want to live the rest of my life knowing that I killed someone who was completely innocent. Plus drinking can really affect your growth.
Another fun thing that I liked was playing Family Feud. I think this was a good thing to play because it showed how much we have learned in D.A.R.E. this year.
The two things I enjoyed the most though were Mr. Dip Lip and Smoking Susie. I really liked her because we got to see how much tar is in one cigarette. I think that most people who smoke don’t realize how much tar they are putting into their lungs. Which could cause lung cancer. Mr. Dip Lip showed what can happen to your mouth after doing drugs. It was disgusting because the gums were all messed up and there were blisters in there. Then there was the Jar of Tar that we saw. It showed how much tar you put into your lungs in a year, which was crazy! Honestly, I don’t see why people think it’s so cool to get yellow teeth, wrinkly skin and bad breath. Why would you even smoke something if it has over 200 KNOWN poisons in it?!?!
Something I have learned in D.A.R.E. is how smoking tobacco can not only affect you, but other people who are around you. I would never want to be responsible for someone getting really sick or hurt because of me. Especially my family and friends.
Another thing I learned was the 5 kinds of peer pressure. These are friendly, teasing, indirect, heavy and positive. At first I thought there was only on kind, heavy, then I learned that there was more. There are also 9 ways to say no to someone. These are avoiding the situation, walking away, cold shoulder, saying “no”, strength in numbers, giving a fact or reason, changing the subject, skipping CD and humour. These are all good ways to say no.
All and all, D.A.R.E. has been an amazing life changing experience for me and hope it has been for everyone else too because there are many bad things about drugs. So I, Molly, pledge to NEVER use drugs so I can keep me and people around me safe.
Oh, and F.Y.I, this is probably my longest post!!!
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