D.A.R.E. program expands its goals

It was graduation day Tuesday for some area elementary students.

Davis County 5th grade students were joined by their parents as they celebrated the successful completion of the D.A.R.E. anti-drug program.

Bloomfield D.A.R.E. Officer Buddy Harsch acknowledges that the 30-year-old program has critics who question its effectiveness, but says the benefits go beyond helping students stay off drugs.

â??Itâ??s the fact that we get to know the kids and the kids get to know us. Weâ??ve developed a pretty good rapport with most of the students that have gone through with that we get a lot of tips on kids that are having a tough time at home,â?? Harsch says.

Harsch adds that relationship building has been made possible by expanding the goals of D.A.R.E. from simply keeping kids off drugs to helping them build decision making skills to be used in all aspects of their lives.

And of course, making sure they have a little fun along the way.