- 5/19/2013 Shepard designs dream room
- 5/19/2013 Sue Jolly Award will honor student Mock Trial Team member
- 5/19/2013 Anglican Church to host homeless meeting
- 5/19/2013 North Augusta bookings
- 5/19/2013 Suspect sought in theft of Walmart cell phones
- 5/19/2013 STEMfest exposes students to principles of science, technology
- 5/19/2013 North Augusta crime blotter
- 5/19/2013 North Augusta High School hosts 309 student runners
- 5/19/2013 Predators fall to Knights in walk-off fashion
- 5/12/2013 Predators stumble against Knights, face uphill battle
- 5/12/2013 Lady Predators have to win to stay in
- 5/12/2013 Phil Schaefer reflects on North Augusta history
- 5/12/2013 North Augusta golf team’s season ends in Sumter
- 5/12/2013 NAHS grad named SEC Men’s Golf Freshman of the Year
- 5/12/2013 World’s No. 1 disc golfer pays a visit to Hippodrome
- 5/5/2013 Lady Jackets bow out of playoffs following extra-innings loss
- 5/19/2013 Column: Downtown developments: Vacations less and less important
- 5/19/2013 Wrinkles: Recognizing mothers and angels
- 5/19/2013 Phragments from Phyllis: A mother’s a mother for the rest of her life
- 5/19/2013 Letter: Bring the troops home from Afghanistan
- 5/19/2013 Column: New PASS exams intended to benefit student performance
- 5/19/2013 Chaplain's corner: In his hand
- 5/12/2013 Column: The best of both borders
- 5/12/2013 Chaplain’s Corner: A mother’s joy
- 5/12/2013 Downtown developments: Bad customer service, part two
- 5/12/2013 Letter: Riverkeeper is a benefit to North Augustans
Bees Buzz: DARE, fifth grade highlight
One of the highlights from fifth grade will always be going through the DARE program. DARE stands for Drug Awareness, Resistance and Education. There's another meaning, too: Define, Assess, Respond and Evaluate. This meaning makes up the DARE Decision-Making Model.
Officer Tom, the instructor, has an enjoyable way of teaching. He lets us do fun activities while managing to teach the pressures and hardships in life. One of them being having to make our own decisions. That's where the DARE Decision-Making Model comes in.
You define or recognize your problem, you assess or lay out your possible choices, you respond or decide on your best choice, then evaluate or ask yourself, "Did I make a good decision?"
I don't know how many other cities have DARE, but I'm pretty sure no other city has a better instructor than North Augusta's own Tom Rogers. You might know him as Officer Tom from the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.
Officer Tom never fails to have a great lesson. Who knew you could turn talking about illegal drugs and peer pressure into something entertaining?
The best part of DARE will be graduation. It will be held at Belvedere First Baptist Church on Feb. 11. The astonishing sight of the stage and students from the top balcony when my brother graduated from DARE three years ago is still in the back of my mind. When you come, you will see winning essays being read, diplomas being handed out to the DARE graduates and the new T-shirts will be worn by students and teachers. Did I mention we'll be going to Chick-fil-A afterward to celebrate?
The world would be a lot safer place if drugs never existed. Some people would still be alive. You wouldn't want to be the cause of broken hearts. So remember, stay away.