The Growl for Nov. 1
Standing with D.A.R.E.
Fifth-grade students at Belvedere Elementary School have been attending a special class called DARE. DARE is an important experience for students to have before moving on to middle and high school. Many kids grow up and do drugs.
Officer Tom has been teaching us how unhealthy drugs are and how they harm our bodies. We have learned that we don't want to grow up to use drugs.
Officer Tom also has taught us about peer pressure. Peer pressure is something we will all deal with and especially as we grow older. Peer pressure is when someone around your age or a friend "pressures" you into doing something you should not do, but you do it anyway. Along with this, he told us how we have to learn to take responsibility for our actions. We should not always look for someone else to blame. We should not let people talk us into doing drugs or using tobacco products. Being responsible is being able to stand up and say "no" to drugs. This can sometimes take real courage.
My friends and I are going to keep our pledge not to use drugs or alcohol as we grow older. We want to keep our bodies healthy, so we can do things like play sports in middle and high school. Drugs can be addicting. You should never use any medicines without your parents' approval. The best way to not use drugs or alcohol is to never start in the first place. So don't use drugs and you'll be happy.