Fifth graders complete DARE program |

Fifth graders complete DARE program

As many as 72 fifth graders from both Granby and Grand Lake completed the 2011 Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E., national program.

Over about 10 weeks, the program conducted by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office teaches youngsters about “how to make good, healthy decisions in life, with the focus on drugs, alcohol and tobacco,” said Deputy Sheriff Timothy Harthun, who taught the class.

Students learned of the health risks associated with alchohol, cigarettes and marijuana.

“It gave me good confidence in myself,” wrote student Lindsey Dornbusch, in a summary of her experience with the program. “I started to realize what all of these bad substances would do to my body.”

“My favorite part of D.A.R.E was putting on the drunk goggles,” wrote Kendall Malone in a final paper submitted as part of the program. “I had to focus because my eye sight was all burred.”

“I have learned a lot about drugs and alcohol and how to say no to them,” said Janna McNulty.

Each of the students wrote a pledge to make wise decisions about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

“I would like to say a thank you to the East Grand School District Staff that helped support the program this year to help make it a success,” Harthun said. “The program would not be able to succeed without there help.”

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