In D.A.R.E. Deputy Thomas has taught us a lot about drugs but the most important thing that I’ve learned from him is to never try them. Never be around anyone under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco. They could get you hurt or worse. The D.A.R.E. decision making model stands for Define, Assess, Respond, Evaluate. The actual meaning of D.A.R.E is Drug, Abuse, Resistance, Education.
Something I learned from D.A.R.E. is that Cigarettes contain nicotine, a powerful substance that causes addiction, and smoking is the #1 cause of lung cancer. Smokers also have more colds and upper respiratory problems.
Deputy Thomas brought in the black lung and Smokin Susie and her boyfriend Mr.Dip-lip. Smokin Susie is the doll he brought in to show us how much smoking can effect your lungs. Mr.Dip-lip was an example of a tobacco chewer and he showed us how rotted the teeth were and how blistered his gums were. Then Deputy Thomas introduced us to the jar of tar. That jar was full of how much tar accumulated in 10 years of chewing tobacco in your body. That was a lot of tar. He also brought in the D.U.I Goggles. They showed what it looked like to be in the alcoholics point of view. He through a tennis ball for us to catch with the goggles on and we also had to walk down a line of tape and they were both hard. Everything was sidewards swirly. I’m pretty sure I walked way off the line and I didn’t catch the tennis ball at all. We also played D.A.R.E family feud. Your group had to answer the questions right. The questions were about smoking, tobacco, marijuana, alcohol, peer pressure, and drugs. He was testing us because by the time D.A.R.E. is over we have to be able to name 3 of the 5 types of peer pressure. They are Heavy, Indirect, Tease, Friendly, Positive. So I think I should be able to name at least 3.
I would never try drugs because there addicting and I like to play sports. If they find that you have been taking drugs then you can’t play sports. Smoking also causes your teeth to turn yellow and your breath to smell bad.
I Katie, pledge to never try drugs, alcohol, smoke, chew tobacco, marijuana, or let peer pressure influence me. I’m going to play sports and be drug free.