When more than 1,000 fifth-graders and their teachers are asked to scream, they do -- with great gusto -- and Spires could not have been disappointed.
The mood Tuesday at the
But the message was serious -- stay away from drugs and alcohol -- which is drilled into every fifth-grader as he or she gets ready for middle school and the world beyond.
The 10-week Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, or D.A.R.E., culminated with its annual celebration Tuesday -- where the anti-drug message was reinforced through skits and songs.
The California Toe Jam band performed several rock 'n roll oldies that got the crowd going. Local singers
Just like in the past, students got a chance to shout out for their school resource officers, and
One of the popular parts of the event is a skit about a simulated drug deal gone bad as sheriff's deputies, with a K-9 dog in tow, burst in and bring the bad guys down.
A big applause broke out as lights flashed and the
Older D.A.R.E. role models, high school juniors and seniors such as
While the event highlighted the dangers of smoking, drinking and doing drugs, the kids were also reminded that bullying is bad.
"You don't need to smoke, you don't need to drink and you don't need to bully just to fit in," the students were told.
They also learned that abuse is both physical and emotional and if a friend is being abused, a parent or a teacher needs to know, even though the friend may get mad.
She hoped the message her students went home with was the importance of being proactive about their future.
"This co-relates into a good future for
D.A.R.E.'s message registered with at least two kids.
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