The school’s second D.A.R.E. class held its pomp and circumstance Monday afternoon, celebrating with punch and cookies afterward.
Though the course was only 10 weeks long, many of the students walked away with life skills and a friendship that could last a life time. Many of them cheered as their instructor and buddy, Huron County Sheriff’s Deputy Mitchel Cawrse, told the families what they learned.
“Officer Mitch” said while the program is important, there’s something more valuable he feels the students walk away with.
“I can’t preach it enough; the curriculum is great, but that’s not really what I’m there for,” he said. “That positive interaction with the law enforcement; some of these kids have only seen negative interaction. The positive interaction does a lot, as you can see.
“(The kids) are running up to me. They’re comfortable with me. A lot of these kids are happy to see me — that’s really what I’m looking for.”
One of this year’s top D.A.R.E. report winners, Kadence Pocock, said working with the deputy was one of her favorite parts of the course.
“I really like D.A.R.E. and I had a really fun time with Officer Mitch and D.A.R.E.,” she said. “It was probably the best class of the year.”
The daughter of Jen Neal and Chad Pocock said she thought the class was “important.”
“It’s important so that none of us end up doing drugs and can be safe and responsible in life,” she said.
Kadence Pocock said she’ll remember “a lot” of what she learned the class, but one point really drove home for her.
“He taught us if anyone tries to do something violent or something you know you shouldn’t do, always blame everything on your parents and try to find a safe way out of the situation,” she said.
Top D.A.R.E. report winners received a certificate, medal and small stuffed Darren the Lion, D.A.R.E. mascot. Besides Pocock, William Kale and Olivia Hudson received best D.A.R.E. report awards.
Cawrse said he felt this was another successful year in the program.
“Again this class was awesome and South Central kids, they make it very easy for me,” he said. “As long as everything works out, we’ll be doing it again year.”