Kids DARE to say no to drugs

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LONG-SERVING drug education officer Kathy Cross has heaped praise on a 40-strong group of pupils at Bulwell’s Hempshill Hall Primary School who have successfully graduated from a ten-week Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) course.

“These are exceptional pupils at an exceptional school whose efforts during the duration of the course have been outstanding,” said Mrs Cross, who is a former police officer.

“Hempshill Hall has been involved in the DARE scheme for some years and has always set the benchmark for others to follow.”

Head teacher Helen Ridge joined Mrs Cross for a presentation ceremony which was attended by supportive parents, grandparents and carers who were entertained by the DARE achievers with a programme of music, songs and role-play.

Said Mrs Ridge: “Invaluable lessons have been learned during the ten-week course, which owed much to the expertise of Kathy Cross and members of our teaching staff, Ruth Bond and Jo Needham, who have played their parts to perfection.”

Clutching their hard-earned DARE certificates, delighted pupils pledged to remember the important lessons given during the course on excessive drinking, the perils of taking drugs, saying no to cigarettes and not getting involved in anti-social behaviour.

OUR PHOTO shows DARE achievers with Kathy Cross ,head teacher Helen Ridge (back, centre) and teacher Ruth Bond. (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan).