Grade 6 class at Ecole Routhier completes DARE

Pictured above, in front is Kayla Bessette. In the second row, left-right, are Anyka Desaulniers, Brooklyn Blanchette, Haley Wurban and Brooke Tokarz. In back from left, are Constable Guy Girard-Lallemand, Brandon Guenette, Hayes Marchildon, Aidan Hicks, Johnny Dolhan, Cole Fournier, Hunter Dumont, Cory Brulotte, Dominic Sliger and Grade 6 French Teacher Joel Pelletier. Not shown is Dayne Tokarz.

Mac Olsen
Express Staff

The students in Joel Pelletier’s Grade 6 class at Ecole Routhier have been given the tools they need to address drug, alcohol and tobacco use, after completing the DARE program.

Constable Guy Girard-Lallemand of the McLennan RCMP Detachment started teaching Pelletier’s class the DARE program in February, and on June 7, each student received their certificate of completion, some stickers and a T-shirt.

“The key is to help them solve problems and to make the aware about drugs, tobacco and alcohol,” says the constable.

“It also helps them to make better decisions.”

Pelletier praises Girard-Lallemand for working with his class on this subject.

“He does a great job every year,” says Pelletier.

“It gives them tools to deal with situations outside of school. It prepares them for the years to come.”

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) is a comprehensive prevention education program designed to equip school children with skills to recognize and resist social pressures to experiment with tobacco, alcohol, other drugs and violence.

This unique program utilizes uniformed law enforcement officers to teach a formal curriculum to students in a classroom setting.


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