Fifth graders are taking the DARE to say ‘no’ to drugs and dangerous behaviors


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Pelham Police Sergeant Brian Hendrie teaches during 2014.

5th GRADE CLASSROOMS — The fifth graders started a program called DARE, in which they learn about drugs and how they should avoid them. They also learn how to say “no” and to get out of situations when they are uncomfortable.

The class is taught by Pelham Police Sergeant Brian Hendrie, who is married to first grade teacher Laura Hendrie and has led the class for at least a decade. 

DARE stands for:

  • Drug
  • Abuse
  • Resistance
  • Education

“I think it’s okay so far, but that’s just because the first day was so that we can all introduce each other and learn the rules,” said Katherine Howells from 5S. She also said that she likes Sergeant Hendrie and how he teaches.

Alex Holcomb from 5S said, “I liked how we all asked questions in the beginning and he answered them.” He also said he expects it is going to be better in the next class.

Sergeant Hendrie really likes to have fun with the students and make them laugh.

Charles Perreten from 5P said, “I like to learn the process to see how the bad things affect your life. I also like the lion that he brings in.”

The lion is a stuffed animal named Darren.

Every class, Sergeant Hendrie asks a question, and if you answer it correctly, you get Darren at your desk. Darren is starting to rip, and Officer Hendrie said he needs to get a new one.

“I really like how Sergeant Hendrie tells us what not to do with drugs and abuse,” said Luca Johnson from 5S. He said he likes that the sergeant asks questions and the class has to answer them.

“DARE envisions a world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse and other dangerous behaviors,” according to the organization’s website.

Aine Proffitt from 5P said, “I like the DARE box, and if you want to ask a question not in front of the class, you can put it in the box.” She also said that she likes how Sergeant Hendrie tells students about drugs and what not to do.

Timmy Gallivan from 5P said he really likes Sergeant Hendrie and how he is funny, nice and how he doesn’t yell at you.

At the end of the year, the fifth grade students will graduate from DARE in a ceremony. All of them will have to write a paper on what they learned in DARE. The best paper will be shared by the student who wrote it at the graduation.

Sergeant Hendrie said his favorite part about being in the police is working with the community, and he likes teaching DARE to the fifth graders.