“DARE is the light in the darkness that gives hope to kids and their parents.” That is the message that fifth-grader Jack Mohring wanted to spread at his DARE Culmination Ceremony on Friday, March 1.
Over the past 11 weeks, Greenvale students have been studying with Eastchester Police Officer Stephen Dilegge who has taught them about the dangers of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and has also provided them with the skills and tools to live healthier lives. DARE - the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program has grown to include bullying and peer pressure.
“It is very important that law enforcement is involved with the community and creates positive interactions,” said Officer Dilegge, who attended Greenvale as a child. “We provide the students with facts and health information, so they can make safe choices.”
As part of the ceremony, students received certificates and read essays they wrote explaining the positive influences DARE made in their lives. “DARE teaches kids to avoid areas where bad things happen,” said James DeMaio.
Students have also learned how to be helpers – not bystanders – when they witness bullying.
“If we didn’t learn these valuable lessons, we may not know what is good of bad for you,” commented Klea Berishaj.
Thank you to Greenvale Principal Darrel Stinchcomb, Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita, The Community Fund, Eastchester Police Chief Timothy Bonci, the fifth-grade teachers, and the Eastchester District Administration for supporting the DARE Program.
The students enjoyed a pizza party after the ceremony.