The Wellington Police Department D.A.R.E. program is coordinated by Officer TBA Officer TBA teaches D.A.R.E. for all Elementary Schools in USD 353, The D.A.R.E. program has seen several changes in the spring of 2006. Some of those are:
The biggest change was the addition of Daren the Lion. Daren goes with Officer Wilson to all of his classes, D.A.R.E. meetings and school functions. These include school programs, track meets and class graduations. Daren is the mascot of D.A.R.E.
The first is strength. The strength that our students need to say no to harmful situations. We teach our children they will need strength to tell their friends no when tempted by drugs or illegal behavior. Our Students learned you need strength of heart, strength of a lion, for no one will tempt a lion
The second characteristic is courage. The courage to do the right thing. The courage to avoid harmful situations or friends that steer them in the wrong direction. Courage means to do the right thing because its the right thing to do, not because it will be easy
Finally we teach our students pride. We teach them the pride they can feel in themselves, their family, their school and their community. Pride can make them strong, respectful, and a good student. Pride is not taught, it is learned. Pride is learned from our history and diversity. Pride is the strength of our convictions and the courage of our beliefs.
The year 2008 was a great year. Every student that participated in D.A.R.E. fulfilled the requirements and graduated in May. At graduation there were 450 people in attendance and 135 graduates.
The year 2008/2009 will see more programs and more exciting changes.