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June 3, 2011 > DARE graduation inaugurates new program

DARE graduation inaugurates new program

Submitted By Officer Smith, Milpitas PD

On May 26, 2011 Pomeroy Elementary School hosted the final D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation for 104 fifth grade students. All fifth graders completed ten weeks of instruction from Milpitas Police Officer Duong Nguyen. Fifth graders won awards in the following categories

Top Poster: Breanna Banh; Rebecca Maritess Fama; Sarah Mulugeta
Top Essay: Amreen Gill; Tori Chu; Labonita Ghose
Most Inspirational: Laura Stefanko; Constance Tran; Jonas Mendoza
Top DARE Student: Makayla Williams; Shreeya Aranake; Ryan Huynh

Over the past several years, the Milpitas Police Department has taught the D.A.R.E. curriculum to fifth graders in both public and private schools. The officers provided a series of classroom lessons that teach children how to resist peer pressure and live productive, drug-free and violence-free lives.

The City of Milpitas, Milpitas Unified School District and Milpitas Police Department are excited to announce the implementation of a new program for fifth graders known as Character Counts. The police department is converting the existing D.A.R.E. program into a 6-week program that focuses on six universal values known as the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. The Six Pillars of Character are six core ethical values that transcend cultural, socioeconomic and religious differences.

The Character Counts program enables the instructor to modify the lesson plans based on the objectives of the community, the school and the police department. The fifth graders will be taught these pillars and why they are important. Officers will instruct through lecture, games and classroom activities that embody the message that your character counts.

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