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Students need DARE program

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I am currently attending middle school here in Auburn. I recently wrote an essay on binge drinking and its effects on today’s youth. This is a problem facing teens in today’s society. What I think we need at our school is a D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. Its goal is to teach students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives. I know that our school district is facing severe budget issues. It makes me wonder why we always seem to find the money to allow some students to participate in school sports programs while at the same time we cannot seem to find the funds to let all students participate in this worthwhile program. Don’t get me wrong, I think sports are important. I simply don’t believe they are as important as educating students on making good life choices when it comes to peer pressure and drinking. Here’s what I am wondering. Is there someone out there in our community that might want to step up and help reestablish this program even if it is not at the same level as it was before? Remember, some education on this topic would be better than none at all. EMMA McKAY, student, Auburn