Dare Essay Winners Dare Program

Pueblo County Deputy John Christie and D.A.R.E. Essay Winner Daniela Vasquez

A Liberty Point Elementary School student was the second place finisher in this year’s District 70 D.A.R.E. essay contest, making her teachers and school very proud of her accomplishments.

Daniela Vasquez was recognized at a school assembly for having the second best essay in the competition among nearly 650 fifth graders in Pueblo School District 70.

Through the D.A.R.E. curriculum, taught by Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office deputies, students learn about the importance of steering clear of drugs and alcohol, reporting suspicious activity and bullying to adults and about things like peer pressure.

The hope is to help children develop good lifelong habits that they can carry with them into middle school and beyond.

Liberty Point Elementary School fifth grade teacher Tracee Easton said students are instructed to write an essay but given some free reign on what’s included.

“This year he (Deputy John Christie who taught Liberty Point Elementary School students) said he just wanted to read about what they learned, and how D.A.R.E. affected them,” she said.

Vasquez’s essay included the three things she said were most useful to her – bullying, the D.A.R.E. decision model and tobacco products.

“I think Deputy Christie is really nice and does just a really nice job,” she said. “He taught us a lot like how bad drugs are for us and how important it is to cherish friendships.”

Although the winner of the essay contest was announced at the District-wide D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony, runners up were not mentioned, so Vasquez didn’t know about her accomplishment until Christie congratulated her at the school assembly.

“I was really surprised. I’ve never won such a big award before,” she said.

Taylor Hinderliter, a student at Smoky Valley Middle School in Lindsborg, was the winner of the 2016 D.A.R.E. Essay Contest. Pictured with Hinderliter are (from left to right) Jerry Tenbrink, Statewide D.A.R.E. Coordinator; Officer Doug Anderson, McPherson County Sheriff’s Office; Undersheriff Derek Ploutz, Haskell County Sheriff’s Office and President of Kansas Juvenile Officers Association.

TOPEKA – (August 9,2016) – A Lindsborg middle school student has been named the winner of this year’s state D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) essay contest, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

Taylor Hinderliter, a student at Smoky Valley Middle School, was named the winner of the statewide contest, which is coordinated by the Kansas Juvenile Officers Association. During the past year, Hinderliter participated in the McPherson County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. program, which culminated in writing an essay about the things they learned in the program. Hinderliter is the daughter of Tom and Gail Hinderliter.

“Students who take part in the D.A.R.E. program learn valuable skills to resist the dangers of drugs and alcohol,” Schmidt said. “Taylor’s essay was an excellent example of the program’s success in teaching these skills to young Kansans. Congratulations to Taylor on her outstanding essay.”

The statewide D.A.R.E. program is coordinated by the Attorney General’s Office. More than 100 Kansas counties and communities have D.A.R.E. programs serving students in their areas. For more information on the Kansas D.A.R.E. program, and to read Hinderliter’s winning essay, visit www.ag.ks.gov/dare.

From Salina Post

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