D.A.R.E. provides awards, barbecue to area kids

By Kim Lincoln | Jun 14, 2014
Photo by: Kim Lincoln Knox County Sheriff's Office hosted a D.A.R.E. barbecue at Damariscotta Lake State Park June 11 to celebrate the completion of the program by students at five area schools. Getting ready to hand out awards are, from left, Chief Deputy Tim Carroll, Sheriff Donna Dennison and Deputies Lance Mitchell, Nathaniel Jack and Sgt. John Palmer.

Jefferson — Fifth-graders from seven Knox County schools gathered June 11 for a barbecue to celebrate the completion of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

The event at Damariscotta Lake State Park also recognized essay contest winners from each school. Students and their teachers were treated to a barbecue with hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and drinks.

School participating in the event were: Prescott Memorial School in Washington, Union Elementary School, Appleton Village School, Warren Elementary School, Thomaston Grammar School, Owls Head Central School and St. George School. Friendship Village School students participated in the D.A.R.E. program, but were unable to attend the barbecue. They had an ice cream social at the school June 13.

D.A.R.E. is offered to fifth-graders at each of the schools for 45 minutes once a week for about 12 weeks and is taught by Knox County Deputies Nathaniel Jack and Lance Mitchell and Sgt. John Palmer. The three deputies each attended a two-week training to become D.A.R.E. officers, Palmer said.

"Without the help of the teachers allowing us to come into the classroom this program doesn't happen," Palmer said.

Students learn about peer pressure, anti-bullying, effective communication, drug resistance strategies, how to deal with stressful situations, risks, and the consequences of actions.

"It's about more than just drugs these days," Palmer said of the program.

As part of the program students were asked to write an essay about what they learned from DARE and how they are going to use it throughout their life.

A winner from each school was selected and then of those eight essays Sheriff Donna Dennison selected an overall winner.

The grand prize winner was Grace Cody from St. George School. She was awarded a $125 in gift cards, a D.A.R.E. pen set, and Daren, the D.A.R.E. lion mascot.

School winners were Mackenzie Emerson of Friendship, Makayla Swan of Warren, Fiona Smith of Appleton, Jasmine Leigh of Washington, Ian Doughty of Union, Hannah Emily Edwards of Owls Head and Owen Underhill of Thomaston. They each received a $25 gift card and the stuffed lion mascot.

Lunch was provided by Lincoln's Country Store in Warren.

Courier Publications Copy Editor Kim Lincoln can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at klincoln@villagesoup.com.

Grace Cody, a fifth-grader at the St. George School, was the grand prize winner of the essay contest for D.A.R.E. Pictured with her is Chief Deputy Tim Carroll and Sheriff Donna Dennison. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Jasmine Leigh of Prescott Memorial School in Washington was the school-wide essay contest winner. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Knox County Deputies pose for a picture with the contest winners. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Knox County Jail Corrections Officers Tim McFarland, left, and Dennis Palmer cook up burgers and hot dogs. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Thomaston Grammar School fifth-graders, from left, Sam Collins, Logan King and Dustin Glidden enjoy lunch at Damariscotta Lake State Park June 11. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Warren Community School students Paige Gammon, left, and Emma Kunesh make their way through the lunch line at the D.A.R.E. barbecue. Knox County Sheriff's deputies and jail employees served up lunch to nearly every fifth-grader in Knox County June 11. In back is Deputy Nathaniel Jack and Knox County Jail Administrator John Hinkley. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Students and staff from Union Elementary and Prescott Memorial Schools enjoy the day at the lake following the completion of the D.A.R.E. program (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Mackenzie Emerson of Friendship Village School was the school-wide winner. She is pictured here with Sgt. John Palmer and K-9 Jake. (Courtesy of: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Comments (2)
Posted by: Shelly Nichols | Jun 15, 2014 10:15

Congratulations to all the winners.  Great job Ian, Auntie Shelly is very proud of you!

Posted by: Lynn Snow | Jun 14, 2014 09:22

Many thanks to the Knox County Sheriff's Office for hosting this year's picnic! The weather was perfect and all the kids enjoyed themselves completely!

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