It's hard to believe that Scout is in 5th grade and old enough to graduate from DARE! Here in Utah some communities have this anti-drugs, alcohol, tobacco program for their elementary schools. Our city happens to be one of them.
I love that they come into the schools and teach the kids all of these great things, but mostly I love that the kids are getting to interact with police officers in a good way so they aren't afraid of them and they feel comfortable talking with them.
Our high school has a dedicated officer and the middle school also has a police presence. Over her high school career, Fajita has gotten to know the officer at Bingham quite well. He even knows I am her grandma. The good part is that Fajita always feels safe talking with him and he always has time for her. It's almost like having another counselor, but this one wears a uniform.
At the very end of the graduation program, the kids from all 3 classes all wore their green DARE shirts and sang a catchy tune written just for the occasion. It was all pretty fun, relatively short, and they served cookies afterward. I'm thinking very likely the best graduation program I have ever attended!