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Each year the grade five students at Isabella Dicken are put through the D.A.R.E. program to learn about making decisions when it comes to alcohol, drugs and peer pressure. When they have finished this ten week program each student must write a letter to themselves upon graduating from High School. Here are two letters from this year’s D.A.R.E. class. Congratulations from the Fernie Fix!
Dear 17 year old self,
If I have done drugs I have broken both of my dreams. One to be an engineer and second to be a veterinarian, because to be either you need total concentration and a clear record. When I did D.A.R.E. it helped me understand drugs and what they can do to you. Many people have died or suffered from smoking or doing drugs. If I become an alcoholic I will never be able to judge things properly because I am always drunk. Smoking gives you a shortness of breath, yellow fingers and teeth, and you always stink. If I have shortness of breath I cannot play the sports that I love and stay active.
Dear 17 year old self, I hope you have thought about things before doing them because your decisions will affect you for your whole life, not just now. Remember that beauty shines from the inside out and doing drugs will not make you beautiful or happy. Tobacco affects your body’s development which is important because your body is still growing.
There are more than 200 known poisons in tobacco and tobacco is the number one leading cause of mouth cancer. Marijuana kills brain cells and makes you lose the ability to concentrate. Marijuana slows reaction time and impairs motor coordination, which can be dangerous when you are driving because you might not stop in time when someone is in front of you and you might hit them. Drinking moderately is okay because you will not get drunk with a little bit of alcohol.
When you are saying no to drugs you have to be confident to show that you mean it! If you are not confident then the person who is asking you to do something that you do not want to do will try to urge you even more and possibly be violent.
D.A.R.E. is important to me because it helps me make decisions and say no to drugs. I pledge to think responsibly, not do drugs, and not drink until I am of legal age.
Celeste Terpoorten Hart
Dear 18 year old me,
If you have smoked or chewed tobacco or drugs you have wrecked the dream of a ten year old boy of being a N.H.L. hockey player. You have failed the dream of making your parents proud. You were weak and pressured into doing something you didn’t want to do. You failed to remove yourself from the situation. All that information from D.A.R.E. went out the window. All you wanted was to fit in and you thought it would make you cool. What you learned in D.A.R.E. was very important.
Alcohol is bad for your body. It makes your brain not work right if you drink too much. Coal will have to be shoved down your throat because you will get alcohol poisoning which you can die from. Marijuana makes you really stupid and slows your reaction time down a lot. Smoking and tobacco can give you lung, mouth, throat, bladder and kidney cancer. Smoke from cigarettes has over 200 known poisons. More than 45,000 die annually in Canada due to smoking. You can get heart disease, breathing problems and more colds than usual. Smoking puts the health of friends and family at RISK.
Think, don’t take this road.