A number of Year 6 primary school students were recently awarded certificates for their involvement in the DARE programme.
The double graduation ceremony, held at the Marriot Beach Resort Friday by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Neighbouring Policing Department in association with the Education Department, acknowledged winners of the DARE essay competition, titled Taking a Stand.
At the event, students were presented with certificates and DARE stuffed mascots by Daren the Lion and police instructors.
The graduation was the culmination of weeks of anti-drug and violence programmes carried out by DARE-qualified police officers in the schools.
Governor Stuart Jack told the young students to remember the lessons learned because they will lead to happier and healthier lives in times to come.
Mr. Jack also encouraged students to enjoy school and vacations and time spent learning more about the police’s role in society.
The DARE programme is about teaching children, aged 10-11, about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and violence and aims to provide participants with the skills needed to avoid and deal with situations involving any of these.
The programme is taught by police officers whose training and experience gives them the background needed to answer questions posed by young students about drugs and crime.
DARE programme first place winners were Chloe Watler from Lighthouse School; Marshanni Tibbetts, Prospect Primary; Nina Robinson, Truth For Youth; Alianna Dobbs, St. Ignatius; Barbie Bodden, East End; Brittany Cousins, Bodden Town Primary; Nathania Gauntlett, North Side; David Forbes, Savannah; Corey Diaz Red Bay and Michael Douglas, George Town Primary.