Students celebrate graduation from D.A.R.E. program
by Alan Reed
Apr 18, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Major Duncan Wiggins hugs his daughter Jessica.
Major Duncan Wiggins hugs his daughter Jessica.
After a 12-week course on the dangers of legal and illegal drugs, and strategies to resist, 154 Trigg County Intermediate School Fifth Graders graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program on Thursday night.

Cadiz Police Department Major Duncan Wiggins marked several milestones in his career as a D.A.R.E. officer. Not only was it his tenth anniversary, but his daughter Jessica graduated from the program as well. “D.A.R.E. officers mark three milestones in their careers. The first is when we graduate from the program, the second is graduating our first class, and the third is when we graduate our own children. Now I have accomplished all three.”

Wiggins said that he has seen over 1,500 fifth graders graduate from the program, and called the program, “one of the most rewarding times I have had as a police officer. “Why do we have D.A.R.E.? Because I believe in our youth and our community and want to make sure my daughter grows up in a nice place. Trigg County is that community.”

The D.A.R.E. program reduced its length from 16 weeks to 12, according to Wiggins, and now focuses on four main drugs, tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and inhalants. Wiggins said that D.A.R.E. now emphasizes good decision-making and understanding the consequences of every action, avoidance of negative peer pressure and selecting good friends and role models.

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