One hundred seventy-nine Grade VI pupils of La Carlota North Elementary School (LCNES) graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) on February 21 at the LCNES Covered Court. DARE aims to help Grade 5-6 pupils recognize and resist the temptation to use illegal drugs, join gangs, or commit violent acts. Lessons are delivered into 17 sessions, running 45-60 minutes each. Sessions are conducted by a specially-trained uniformed police officer while extended activities are taught by teachers. The local implementation of DARE is a collaborative effort of the La Carlota City Police Station and DepED- La Carlota City with the support of the City Government. DARE sessions at the LCNES commenced on October 4, 2018 and ended on February 12. The lessons were conducted by a DARE Officer/PO2 Charmen Rosales on a weekly basis. “Life is all about making choices,” said Vice Mayor Rex Jalando-on as he stressed the influence of peer pressure on the decision to use drugs and commit crimes. “Don’t let others make choices for you. Kung hindi amo, hindi paghimua,” he added. DARE will be implemented on selected schools in the next school year.
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