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D.A.R.E. culmination ceremony Tuesday
This logo will be on the fronts of t-shirts worn by fifth graders for Tuesday's culmination of D.A.R.E.
Winning essays for the 2012 culmination were read by the writers.
These were some of the DARE license plates made for last year's culmination.
RUMFORD -- The Rumford Police Department is celebrating the 25th year and 26th culmination of D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the Muskie Auditorium at the Mountain Valley High School.
DARE educates fifth grade students of the dangers of drugs and violence. Instructing the program is Sgt. Doug Maifeld, who taught 84 students this year in Meroby and Rumford elementary schools, and at the Holy Savior School.
Maifeld noted that DARE is taught in 75 percent of the school districts in the United States and in 43 different countries.
The President has proclaimed April 4 as National DARE Day.
Maifeld said one of the big things DARE provides is to help students to make safe and responsibile choices. Another DARE acronym along this line is Define, Access, Respond and Evaluate. "We want students to step back and think about the consequences of their actions."
The guest speaker will be Maine's Attorney General, Janet Mills. Maifield is not yet sure what her topic will be for the evening.
Core subject areas include Bullying, Violence, Tobacco, Alcohol, Marijuana and Inhalants, Peer Pressure, Responding Confident and Assertive, Self Esteem and Violence.
Maifeld said DARE America has incorporated a "keepin' it REAL" elementary curriculum, which continues many of the strengths of previous DARE lessons with improvement made to be even more effective in encouraging students to lead safe, responsible and drug-free lives.
After participating in the new curriculum, students will be able to:
* Exercise self-control, particularly when under stress and pressure. It will teach them to control their emotions, avoid impulsive behavior and think critically about their experiences in order to plan a drug-free life.
* Identify the risk and consequences of their choices. The curriculum prepares them for the rapid changes and challenges they are about to face, including the increasing presence of drugs in their lives, by teaching them to evaluate the riskd and consequences of their choices.
* Make safe and responsible decisions. The DARE Decision Making Model continues to be central because youth this age need to understand how to think clearly and critically about the choices they face and, perhaps more importantly, plan for the ones they are about to face.
* Communicate more confidently and effectively, this developing stronger relationships with peers, family and authority figures.
* Become safe and responsible citizens by learning how to help others and know how to get help. Youth of this age cannot to everything along so the new curriculum stresses safe and responsible ways to give and get help.
However, because Maifeld has taught DARE for 20 years now, he does have his favorites teachings, particularly in the area of self-esteem.
He also is well-versed in teaching about bullying, lessons he has also provided to schools in Fryeburg and Sumner through the Oxford County Sheriff's Department.
Basically, the 17 core lessons have been reduced to 10, with Maifeld adding lessons on marijuana, self-esteen and violence to the 14-week program. One of the new aspects he likes is the journals that students keep during DARE, which they can refer to when they write their DARE essays.
After all these years, Maifeld perhaps his favorite part is reading the DARE essays written by his students. "They remind me of why I do this. It definitely reinforces why I continue to do this."