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2002 D.A.R.E. Essays

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the 5th Grade

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Why does D.A.R.E. have to end? Why can't it go on forever and why can't we keep on learning new things about how to stay drug-free? D.A.R.E taught us that smoking is not good for your lungs and you shouldn't try it even if you are cool. People might say smoking makes you look cool but if study the right things you'll realize you it is not good for you. If you start smoking or drinking you are going to get your self into a lot of trouble. You can get yourself in many dangerous situations like maybe a car accident. You can also be very drunk and get heart problems many lung cancers and lots of dangerous sicknesses you can die from. D.A.R.E. taught us many things about drug safety and not getting in trouble, if you really take D.A.R.E. from your heart and pay attention you might fulfill your dream and become an FBI, they won't let you smoke. D.A.R.E. is a really cool way to teach kids that smoking is not the right thing to do and how to avoid a situation if you get into one with smoking involved. Mr. Greenberg was such a teacher and so cool since he shared stories like making tough decisions and getting through very tough situations and we got lots of great D.A.R.E. utensils. So if you are still in the younger grades you do want to come to 5th grade so you can have D.A.R.E. but once your in 6th grade no more D.A.R.E!

D.A.R.E. also teaches many ways to say NO to drugs and avoid the wrong kids and stay healthy and drug-free. Mr. Greenberg, our D.A.R.E. officer, taught us the 10 ways to no to drugs and also how to avoid the wrong kids. The D.A.R.E. officer also taught us what smoking and drinking can do to you and never even try it. We also learned in D.A.R.E. that people might smoke to be cool and the want more people to like or they want people to like them or the might get to many pressures at home or are afraid to say no or they might not feel to good about themselves. Mr. Greenberg also told us that people who drink alcohol mostly end up in jail because of drunk accidents. Staying healthy is the right thing and drinking and smoking is the wrong thing.

Being drug-free is the best thing because you'll stay healthy and you won't get yourself in trouble that often. Staying drug-free feels good because you know you're doing the right thing and you can be proud of it. If you can be drug- free you can avoid the getting in to trouble. even if you do it to be cool people will not like you. People who get in trouble will not have that many friends and other people will call them losers and even if you are a good person from inside. People will still think youíre a loser because of what you did and they won't want to be your friend. If you avoid violence you have a more of a chance of people liking you because you are doing what you are supposed to be doing the right thing. Violence is also not good because it is setting bad examples for younger kids. Anyway if I stay drug-free I won't be a good player in gym and won't be as healthy. Going to jail is not good because you will known as a loser and nobody will like you.
By Sadia

I really liked D.A.R.E. because Mr.Greenberg was really fun and he taught us a lot. For instance he told us a lot of stories about bungee jumping and about 3 kids at an ice-skating rink. Also, Mr. Greenberg was funny because he gave people funny nicknames like "My Cousin Vinny." He was also funny because at the end of our D.A.R.E. we played a game and my team was called That Sounds Weird and Mr. Greenburg said, "Ok team that sounds weird its your turn," and every one started laughing. That's why I liked D.A.R.E. and I hope you like it too.

In D.A.R.E. we learned a lot of things. For example we learned eight ways to say no. One way is giving the cold shoulder. Also changing the subject works. We also learned how to take a stress test. In a stress test you will get twenty yes or no questions and then you get to fill out a thermometer on the bottom. We also now know how to deal with stress and full situations. Talking it through with the person that caused it helps, as does just take one deep breath. Results of taking drugs are also some thing that we learned and one consequence is your teeth turn yellow. We also now know how to stay drug free. I stay drug free because smoking is not good for you at all. Also, I stay drug free because I can live longer. I now know that it will have a positive affection my family as well. I will stay drug free, and healthy you should be like me drug free.
By: Danielle B.

I think the D.A.R.E. program was fun and interesting because Detective Greenberg is a fun guy. The D.A.R.E. program is very useful later on in life. Without this program, a lot of people in this school would go to high school and be offered drugs and they would take it. I'm glad this program is in this school without it there would be a lot drug attics in this country.

In D.A.R.E. class we learned about cocaine, marijuana, cigarettes and other harmful drugs. We learned what drugs do to you; they screw up your head and make you addicted. We also learned about youth gangs and how they damage people and their things. Detective Greenberg taught us that it is difficult to leave a gang since you may get killed or get beat up.

It is important to stay drug and violence free because if I take them you will get caught and go to jail or will die or get very sick! Drug sellers don't take drugs they're smart, once they sell it to you they know you'll get hooked and then they'll have a customer for life! I will try to stay away from drugs and get involved in a lot of activities. Remember being drug free is the way to be!
By David

D.A.R.E. was the best! I thought it might be boring, that Mr. Greenburg would just go on, blah, blah, blah, about how bad drugs were, but somehow we had fun and learned at the same time. Mr. Greenburg turned out to have a great sense of humor and the stories he told us, like the ones about him going bungee jumping and the rough kids at the ice-skating rink, were really funny, yet they helped us learn about drugs. He gave us lots of D.A.R.E. things, like erasers, pencils, stickers, and much more! It was nice sharing stories to hold the two Darrens, because I love stuffed animals, and it was interesting hearing the questions people put in the D.A.R.E. box, and the answers, too. D.A.R.E. was definitely a great program.

As I said, we had fun and learned at the same time, and we sure learned a lot! Who knew there were types of drugs? Not me. I didn't know, either, some things drugs can do to you; they can actually mess up the way a person sees, feels, and hears! And did you know there are good consequences? I never knew that. I also liked when the role models came in, we learned about what it is really like in high school. My vocabulary has gotten bigger, too. Now that I know the facts, I will definitely stay drug-free.

I'm so glad I took D.A.R.E. Now I know why it is important to avoid drugs and violence. When I grow up, I want a good job. Drugs will slow me down, they won't get me that job. Also, I want to be a good role model for younger kids and my own children someday. That's why I will stay drug-free.
By Elizabeth

I thought the D.A.R.E. Program fun and very amusing and interesting because we did the dare box and he told us stories of when he was just a little kid. We learned to stay drug free and avoid violence. He brought his little baby daughter, and it was exiting to see him without a uniform.

DARE taught me to stay drug free and avoid violence. I learned that violence is never the answer to the problem. It just makes things worse. He taught us that if someone offers us to do drugs all of us should say no. You should choose friends that donít do drugs. Never drunk drive.

I think it is important to stay drug free because they will mess up our life. You can get sick. You can also get bad grades. Not even a good job and may become very poor and will not have a good life. If you donít do drugs you will have a better life and live a very long time, maybe even to 100 years old. Or even 101. Thatís a long time! I think the dare program helped me allot and know I donít want anything to do with drugs. I think that drugs are very bad for you. The dare program is a lot of help to kids all around the world. So remember stay healthy, stay happy, stay drug free because your life would be one big dark room just like mine.
By Melissa

D.A.R.E was really exciting because it always made my week in school so much better. Every time I went to D.A.R.E. I would feel that the time went by too fast. I thought it was really fun to have a police officer come in and teach us about D.A.R.E. I also liked asking Mr. Greenberg Questions and hearing about his experiences. When I heard about his experiences, they helped me know what to do with my problems. D.A.R.E. was probably the best special I ever had.

In my opinion, the most important thing I learned in D.A.R.E. was to make the right choices. If you don't make the right choices, you don't know where you'll end up. All the choices you make have consequences; some are positive and some are negative. If you make a wrong choice such as smoking or using illegal drugs, you can end up in the hospital or in jail. If you make a right choice such as trying out for a team, you will most likely get a good consequence. Staying away from drugs is a good choice. That is why we learned eight ways to say no to drugs. That way you will have good consequences. Thanks to Mr. Greenberg I now try to think of my consequences more often.

It's very important to stay drug-free and avoid violence because if you do the world will be a much safer place. When I grow up I want to get a good job, but drugs or violence won't help me do that. A lot of people get hurt because of violence and drugs. Drugs can make people drunk and mean to other people. By using drugs and getting really sick, you can hurt people who care a lot about you. We shouldn't use violence either. It can threat people and turn into a big war. An example of violence is what happened on September 11. Many people died because of violence. That didn't help anything good happen at all. We all know what will happen if we start using drugs or do violence. That is why we should stay away from this so we can all have a happy life.
By Natasha

D.A.R.E. was a cool experience. I was interested in this program because if somebody told me to smoke I would say "No thanks I respect my body." Even I felt I had the power to say no to drugs. Sometimes it was funny, especially when Mr. Greenberg told us stories. Plus Mr. Greenberg would bring in other police officers and that was awesome. I had a great time in D.A.R.E.

D.A.R.E. taught me a lot for what to do I am older. I learned that drugs can cause many of side affects, for example drinking can cause dizziness. Also, I learned ways to say no to drugs or avoid violence. For example say no to drugs, give the cold shoulder, or the other six words. We even learned new words like youth gang and more. Media gets kids hooked on drugs and other stuff. They get hooked on it sometimes because they're feeling down or they want to try out cigarettes. Consequences are sometimes good or bad. I'm playing baseball and somebody strikes me out and I want to know if I made it to the team or not. Thatís a good or bad consequence I would feel great since I'm to drug free. It's better to have friends. Also I would save myself from death. I do not stink like cigarettes. I will pay more attention in school and have a good relationship with my parents at home. I also feel better about myself. I ask you please donít do drugs.
By Will

Staying drug free can be a major issue in life. For example if you don't do drugs you will have better health and live a longer life. Your self-esteem can affect whether or not you take drugs, so keep a high self-esteem. If you don't take drugs you can get into better colleges allowing you to have better jobs. Drugs can make you go crazy. Drugs can also make you ignore your friends and school. All in all drugs can only cause trouble and destruction.

In D.A.R.E. we have learned many things. For example we have learned the 8 ways to say NO. We have also learned the differences between commercials. We have learned how your self-esteem effects you. We have learned how cocaine and nicotine affects your body. Also we learn how to work things out. Basically we have learned the fine points of staying drug free.

I feel that the D.A.R.E. program has been a great experience. I thought it was good because it taught use the fine points of drug abuse. D.A.R.E. has made a major impact on my life. D.A.R.E. has made me feel wanted and has raised my self-esteem. It has also made me feel shore not to take drugs. D.A.R.E. has also made me decide not to become an acouale. All in all I loved the D.A.R.E. program.
By Chris

I feel the D.A.R.E. program was a fun program and interesting because we have a D.A.R.E. graduation and it was interesting because of the D.A.R.E. box we got to see the different questions people ask officer Greenberg. He also told us his about his cases like what was the most stupid cases. We even got our own nametags with our names on it to introduce him. Officer Greenberg also gave us erasers if we were good, one time he even gave us a D.A.R.E. t-shirts. Those are some ways I thought it was fun and how I felt about D.A.R.E.

I think D.A.R.E is the best way to stay drug free because it taught me all the ways to stay drug free like taking risks. I also learned what happens when you drink or smoke. D.A.R.E also helped me learn about peer pressure and Self-esteem. It also teaches you, you shouldn't judge people from the way they look. And you learn the eight ways to say no to drugs. There are lots of things I've learned in D.A.R.E. and all those things for a purpose so I won't do drugs or drink while driving.

I think it is important to stay drug free because it seriously messes you up. I also shouldn't because you won't do well in school. And sometimes you can get into fights and people won't like you any more. You can die or you can get drunk. The most important thing of all you shouldn't drink and drive. And those are ways you can stay drug free.
By Jonathan

I feel that D.A.R.E is a great program because I learned a lot and I also had a lot of fun. We did little skits about staying drug-free and how to say "NO" to drugs. At the last meeting, we played a game where you get to pick your team name. My team was called the "The D.A.R.E worm ducks."

There is also a D.A.R.E. box so you can put questions in it. Then at the end of class, Mr. Greenberg would answer the questions. But there was always one question that he would never answer. So don't ask him HOW OLD HE IS or anything that has to do with how old he is! It was always very funny when someone asked that question. Mr.Greengerg has a D.A.R.E. lion that he brings in and you have to try a pick a number that he is thinking of. He has a big D.A.R.E. lion and a small D.A.R.E. lion. The D.A.R.E. lion is called Darren. D.A.R.E. taught me a lot and one thing was that without drugs you could live a longer and better life.

In D.A.R.E. I have learned a lot about staying alive. Some people use drugs because they think it is cool, and I know it is NOT. Drugs are very bad for you. D.A.R.E. taught me that being in a youth gang is bad and that means that you just want to be cool. D.A.R.E taught me how drunk you can get from drinking alcohol and how you can get sick and it can also kill you. It is also hard to remember things when you are drunk. Many advertisements want you to drink alcohol or to take drugs. In D.A.R.E I learned the 8 ways to say "NO." I think that you will learn as much as I did and I hope that you don't smoke when you are older. That will help you to live a longer life.

I think to be drug-free and avoid violence is a very important thing because if I don't use drugs I will live a longer and better life. I also won't get a heart disease or get into trouble because of violence. I hope that you will not use drugs and also avoid violence.
By Danielle G.

D.A.R.E. was great! I thought it would be boring but the first class came and it was wonderful because he told us about himself and don't forget his daughter. A highlight of D.A.R.E. was the funny questions and crimes he told us about. Mr. Greenburgh let us hold the two Daren's too. The best class we had was when he brought in the high schoolers. We asked them about their life and their experience with drugs. My class would do skits of what people would do if they asked you to do drugs. I will never forget the tips that Mr.Greenburgh gave me.

I learned a lot even watching television in D.A.R.E. class. The commercials we say were cool and I learned a lot about it. We watched a movie about kids and how you say NO to drugs. We talk about how we get into problems. He teaches us different words and we will do skits on like consequences.

It is really important to be drug free because it can ruin my life. I play soccer and I want to stay a soccer player so I stay drug free. I don't want to take drugs because they can make me do bad things or stupid things. If I take drugs I can't play soccer any more because it can make me weak. I don't want to take drugs.
By Desiree

D.A.R.E. is great! I get to learn how to stay drug free and stay out trouble. I think that D.A.R.E. has taught us that you are making the wrong decision if you use drugs. D.A.R.E. is one program I can use to help me make good choices in life. I think D.A.R.E. is one of the greatest programs for children because Officer Greenbergh really makes us understand the meaning and reason of why drugs are bad to use drugs or drink and what the consequences are if you do.

I learned about the different kinds of drugs and what effects they have on your life. Also, advertisements can bribe you so much in to the things they are advertising that you would really want to try it. Different kinds of drugs have different affect that can hurt you seriously. Our role high school models came in because they wanted to talk to us. We asked them all kinds of questions and they gave us thoughtful answers. We asked about what they did in there spare time and why they chose not use drugs. I learned that they had their dreams set on certain things they might want to grow up and do. Many of them played a certain sport and were involved in many school activities. They said that they had to do community service for 20 hours. Most of them were in higher grades and some just started high school but it looked that they had enough experience. I thought that many people smoked but not many did. They knew what to say to us. I liked one role model the best.

I think that not doing drugs is a good thing because people will get a positive reaction when they see me and hang out with me. I will live a healthy life and do a lot more things that when I smoke I couldn't do in life. I can prevent your self from getting in trouble and be drug free. I can get to go to college /school get a job and work. I could start a family and be happy I did not smoke. If I don't do drugs I will get a good consequence in life and a better future.

The D.A.R.E. program has done a lot of things and changed a lot of people's life including mine. I think that the D.A.R.E. program will be the best program out there today because it helps you not smoke and that is a big risk if you do or even try to. Officer Greenberg has done a great job with this program and I think he will do better in the future. So if you want to be drug free just follow the D.A.R.E. program and be like me.
By Jamie

In D.A.R.E. I have learned that we have to think about things. Officer Greenberg has done skits with us, taught us new words and taught us how to cope with drugs and violence, but he says that we have so much curiosity that maybe we might try it once and get hooked. So he taught us the details. All of this to make us realize that drug free is the way to be. D.A.R.E. has made me and the rest of the class to think about how stupid it is to do drugs. When we think of consequences we think of the good and the bad that's like smoking or doing drugs except you have much more to lose like you will live a shorter life or you might get heart and lung failure. Officer Greenberg has made a difference in my life a Drug Free difference. Sometimes during D.A.R.E. we would talk about things that we would never do like smoke pot, get drunk or stuff like that. When I think about D.A.R.E. I realize how much the people care about us and I wouldnít want to lose that with drugs for and stuff that can kill me.

I feel that the D.A.R.E. program has made me a different person and that it has told me that drugs are not cool. People who do them to be cool end up being a one-person crowd. The D.A.R.E. program has made wonderful progress in making me think that the drugs and violence I used to think were cool are deadly. When the D.A.R.E. highlights come to mind I think of role model day when high school students came and spoke about how to not do drugs. Also that very a little amount of people smoke and do drugs, that made me feel better that the schools I will go to will have good amount of people that I can make friends with.

Being drug free will save my life and many people will agree with me. If I am drug free, my lungs will be healthy and my cancer risks will not go up. I will live a longer, healthier, and happier life without drugs and violence. I'm drug free and it's the way to be. I don't do drugs because I am me and I'm okay with it.
By Abigail

I think that the D.A.R.E. program was fun because even though I learned a lot about staying drug-free, I had a lot of fun doing D.A.R.E projects. When I first started D.A.R.E., I thought we would have to do all this work and only learn about drugs. Later I learned that I was wrong. During D.A.R.E., officer Greenberg would take questions from the D.A.R.E. box and answer them, which sometimes was a funny story. Also, we would have skits where we pretended to be offered drugs and different ways to say no to drugs, even though it was fun, it was kind of embarrassing. Sometimes, at the end of D.A.R.E., officer Greenberg would pass out erasers and other cool stuff, or he would bring in another police officer and we could ask him questions. I really thought D.A.R.E. was fun and inspiring because I not only learned things, but I had fun doing them.

In D.A.R.E. I learned many things about avoiding violence and did many different things to learn about being drug-free. In D.A.R.E. we learned that staying drug-free could effect your life a lot and can inspire others to stay drug-free. We also learned word s like assertiveness, which is a way of telling other people what your rights are while still respecting theirs. We learned these words because if someone is offering you drugs and they say a word you don't know, then you might end up taking the drug. Officer Greenberg told us at least a million ways to say no to drugs and a lot of times he was pretty funny and we ended up learning how to say no to drugs. Officer Greenberg also told about stress and how it can be good or bad. I think learning about staying drug-free was fun too.

I think it is important to stay drug-free and avoid violence for many reasons. For example, if I stay drug-free, I can live a better and longer life and I could get a good career. Also I can stay out of gangs and it could even save my life. I'll have a much better life and I'll have decent friends. I think staying drug-free and avoiding violence is one of the most important thing I've learned.
By Kathryn

The D.A.R.E. program has been a wonderful action packed program this year. Officer Greenberg has been a great teacher teaching us how to stay drug free and avoid violence. I really enjoyed it when the high school kids came to our classroom and told us about their hobbies. I also liked it when Mr. Greenberg answered the D.A.R.E. Box questions. When it was my turn to hold Darren, I was excited. Once D.A.R.E. was underway, I knew it was going to be one of the best parts of 5th Grade.

Officer Greenberg was an important part of the D.A.R.E. program for us. He made sure that we learned about drugs and the consequences that come after you use them. He taught us about youth gangs, which are gangs with people who use drugs or alcohol and can be very mean. We learned about alternatives to drug use, such as clubs you could join or athletic programs you can do besides drugs. We learned to recognize and to deal with pressure from our peers, pressure from the media, family and personal pressure.

There are lots of things that are good about not taking drugs for me. If I don't take drugs, I can be athletic. I will use my mind and have more friends. My life will be longer and happier. The D.A.R.E. program has taught me to stay drug free.
by Vincent

D.A.R.E. has taught me how to respect others and myself. It is important for me to treat others the way you want to be treated. D.A.R.E. also taught me not to fool with drugs. Drugs can hurt your family, friends and yourself. Drugs can kill you by many diseases. It could hurt me since I want to be a pro basketball player. If I did drugs, then it would prevent me from being the best I can be.

I think D.A.R.E. is a good program because it gives us a good start in the right direction. I would not join a gang because it is the wrong group of people to hang out with. Gangs are the same things as bullies, but worse. Not all gangs are bad and do drugs, but most gangs are bad, and might hurt you and other people so it is best not to join any gang.

I will avoid drugs and violence because I donít want to go to jail when I grow up. It would not be a good title for me when I go in the pro league for basketball. They will not force you to do it. If they do than make a reason why you canít. For an example, say you have to do your homework. If they keep on bothering then you go to an adult for help.
By Jennifer

I've learned a lot in D.A.R.E. especially with Darren the D.A.R.E. lion helping us learn about drugs and how to stay away from them. We learned the eight ways to say no to drugs by doing lots of role-playing. We also learned about the pressures we face every day and how to avoid fights. When someone asks me if I want drugs I know I shouldn't be aggressive, or to shy, but be assertive. That means that I need to look them in the eye and say no positively. I also learned about risks and consequences, which can be positive or negative. If I try out for a team, that's a risk and the consequence might be that I made the team. I am sure that if I learn a lot more I will be really drug free and that is the way to be.

I feel that D.A.R.E. is a great way to learn how to stay away from drugs. At first I just wanted to get out of some school work, but now I want to learn about self-esteem and other things. Now I feel good about going to high school or college because now I know how to say no to drugs assertively. I also feel drugs are can be harmful for you and me and are also very addictive.

I love to play sports like basketball and if I do drugs I might not be able to play sports, and I will not live a healthy life. That's why I don't do drugs. Also if I get involved with violence I could hurt someone or my self. Since I've been in D.A.R.E., I learned how to avoid violence. Remember what Mr. Greenburg says," Drug free is the way to be."
By Kevin

D.A.R.E. has helped me to realize that things like smoking and alcohol can make you forget about important things like family, school, and friends. I think D.A.R.E. is a terrific program because it taught our class what drugs and violence can do to us. On commercials for beer and alcohol, they make the people look like they are having fun. But they're trick doesn't fool me because I know alcohol and beer can make your life a total drag.

The main thing I've learned in D.A.R.E. is to stay healthy and safe. You can do this by staying drug-free. Many people start to use drugs because they have low self-esteem and are depressed. These people think that drugs will make them feel better and have more friends and be more popular. But they are wrong. Drugs can lead to a shorter life and more. I know the 8 ways to say no to drugs. You can say no thanks or keep saying no like a broken record. You can also give an excuse, walk away, or change the subject. We looked at how commercials on TV or on the radio can grab your attention to buy a certain product that is called. Peer pressure is pressure that your family and friends do to you. No matter how much the person bugs you, about anything, I will always follow my heart. Thinking about what the consequences could be can help me make the right choice. The D.A.R.E. program taught me many things about what drugs can do to you. Now I know to stay drug-free.

Staying drug-free is very important for others and me. If I would have smoked and taken drugs long enough, when I would get older, I would die sooner than I expected. Many people donít realize the harm that drugs can do to you. I wouldn't have many friends, and I would forget about school, family and other important things. If I would join a gang, I'm sure I would want to get out of it somehow. Gangs and drugs are just not the right thing for me-and everyone else. I have danced for very long, and I intend to keep doing it. It is very important for me to stay drug-free because I am a dancer and that is like an althete. If I took drugs, I would ruin my entire dancing career and my life would just be at the worst point. Thanks to the D.A.R.E. program, I know never to go near a drug.
By Lara

The D.A.R.E. Essay

D.A.R.E. is a program that is trying to help me in life. If I got involved in drugs and violence people would be scared of me and I would have no friends. If I am drug free you can do anything I mean anything. But if I do drugs I'll never complete your dream. I have met a few people that

have been on drugs and say that if you are much better off drugs. People do drugs sometimes just to be cool. D.A.R.E. is a great influence to everyone. It will keep you safe well thatís what I think. D.A.R.E. is not trying to make money it wants us to be safe I am sure of that.

D.A.R.E. taught me why it's important to be drug free, I mean really it taught us. I would never of made choices that would make me ill. Know I would never do drugs or except them. D.A.R.E. should me when to say no and when to say yes. In all I am so happy that I took D.A.R.E. it made me realize that people wont attack you because we wont do drugs. If you are drug free it will help you in business also keep me smart. I am sure that if you lead a drug free life your hopes will come true.

D.A.R.E. has made me a better person I never thought I could learn so much about life. I didn't know that drugs could effect my health. Mr. Greensburg made sure that all of us would understand what drugs do to you and don't let people get you involved. Alcohol would make me a person without sense even effected my relationship with my friends. If we you get into violence you could effected someone's life or hurt someone. Thanks to D.A.R.E. I will never have drugs in my life and wont have a substance change my life.
By Christian

On our first day of D.A.R.E, Mr. Greenberg came and said ", Drug free is the way to be." Not all of us believed him but I can safely say we were all dead wrong. I'll take you back to mid September when we all thought drinking and smoking might be cool.

I remember thinking this will be stupid I am just going to sit here and go to sleep. Oh man, was I wrong. I can't believe what I was going to do to myself I was going to change my life for the worst if I started smoking. Thanks to Mr. Greenberg, I never will go near a cigarette and I am very happy that I learned that it is bad before I got hooked. Mr. Greenberg taught us about drugs and how to make the right choices. Thatís how I changed my life from a horrible horrible fate.

The things drugs do are not very good for you but not everyone knows what drugs do if you use them for a while. Drugs mess your mind and a lot of the times drug users travel in groups called gangs. Some gangs can be very violent by fight and steeling to get what they want. Many movies and you might think its cool but its not. Did you ever here of a drug dealer they are smart not to take drugs but instead they make money on other kids. What they do is they get you hooked on drugs and then they know that they have a customer for as long as you live still taking drugs. Drugs shorten your life and they make you look bad when you get hi and you lose your memory. Thatís how D.A.R.E. helped me to make better choice.

I think it is good to be drug free because I want do my best. If I want to become a hockey player or a doctor I have to be very healthy. I also want to be successful and I take drugs it will be much harder to be successful. Thatís how D.A.R.E. changed my life for good. Thatís why drug free is the way to be.
By John S.

 

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