SMS students graduate from D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T.
May 6, 2016
Gila River Indian News
The Gila River Police Department implements the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) and Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) programs at Sacaton Middle School to keep students out of trouble and, on April 27, the fifth and sixth grade students successfully graduated from their respective programs.
GRPD School Resource Officer Ester Poolaw, who instructs both programs at the school said, “I just want to let you all know how important [you] are to all of [us].”
Sacaton School District Superintendent Dr. Douglas E. Price acknowledged the students for their dedication to the programs.
“I can’t tell you how much and how proud [we] are of you for your committing to being drug and gang free,” said Dr. Price.
During the programs intermission, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Barnaby Lewis, along with a pair of traditional dancers, came out to perform for the students.
To speak about the judicial side of the law, Children’s Court Judge Jay Pedro, discussed the consequences associated with alcohol, drugs and gang affiliation.
“I know you will make the best choice, because I know you don’t want to see me in the future,” said Pedro pointing to his judge’s robe.
He said when he was growing up gangs were unheard of and that they are not part of the culture in the Community.
Pedro reminded the students that the path to doing good is a noble journey. He also encouraged the students to strive for success and continue being examples to their peers.
After the conclusion of speakers the D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T. students received a certificate of completion and a slice of cake for their hard work.