Routhier students DARE

Over 30 Grade-6 students of Routhier school in Falher were honoured March 20 for completing the DARE – Drug Abuse Resistance Education – program under McLennan RCMP.
“DARE focuses on raising self-esteem levels by promoting awareness about violence and abuse of drugs and alcohol,”
said DARE Officer and Constable Yanik Berthiaume.
Receiving graduation certificates were: Jennifer Alexandre, Kyle Beaudette, Cheyenne Bouchard, Patrick Brochu, Scott Brochu, Michelle Brule, Saeed Butt, Emma Champion, Grant Champion, Melissa Clifford, Christopher Cloutier, Eric Cruikshank, Marilyn Dafoe, Matthew Desaulniers, Dustin Grey, Jasmine Hawrylin, Zachary Irwin, Emilia Johnson, Michelle Leger, Jessica Leroux, Christina Linklater, Ashley Loiseau, Ashley Macleod, Chelsie Maure, Shawn Osbak, Alain Soucy, Kirsten Soucy, Devon Stenhouse, Joey Sutton, Jordan Sylvain, Dallas Tremblay, and Kevin Turcotte.
Winners of the DARE essay contest were Jennifer Alexandre, Joey Sutton, and Cheyenne Bouchard.
“I don’t want to take drugs because they are not healthy at all,” said Alexandre. “They are addictive.”
“You can lose the respect of the people you love and care for and you get friends that you don’t care for.”
“If I want to live a healthy and successful life, I should not do drugs because they can harm me and my family,” said Sutton.
“I want to be a role model because I want to give children an example and teach them why they should be drug-free.”
Bouchard was absent from the ceremony.
Berthiaume acknowledged Grade-12 role models Monique Cloutier and Marc Dickner for their contribution to the program.
He further thanked the various supporters of the program – Routhier school, DARE Canada, McLennan RCMP Community Consultative Group, and TransCanada Pipeline.

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