Granger of BVES writes region’s best D.A.R.E. essayJun 24th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: community
Recently Jenae Granger, a sixth grade student at Boothville-Venice Elementary was selected as the 2013 Regional DARE Essay Winner. There were nearly 9,000 essay submissions from eight surrounding parishes, but Grange’s trumped them all.
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program is meant to educate students on the harmful effects of drugs, and also teaches them to avoid gangs and violent behavior by attending classes taught by local officers. Granger’s essay certainly reflected the lessons that the DARE program promotes.
“I learned how to stand up for myself and stay away from drugs,” wrote Granger. “I learned not to give in to peer pressure.”
“Not only was Jenae’ essay informative, but also very heartwarming on how the DARE program has impacted her life on a personal level,” said Sergeant Cody Portie, Granger’s DARE instructor.
For her accomplishments, Granger will be honored at the 2013 Louisiana DARE Officer’ Association’ 22nd Annual Conference in Covington next month. Granger and her family will enjoy banquets and family events, as well as hotel accommodations provided by the Association.
“I like the way it feels to recognized for something,” said Granger.
She will soon be moving on to the statewide essay contest, and hopes to take home another win.
It is an accomplishment for not only Granger, but also Portie, the past school year was his first as a D.A.R.E. instructor. And according to Louisiana D.A.R.E. Officer’s Association President Darrin Powell, a first year instructor’ student winning such a high honor has not occurred for the last 10 years.
By: Jenae Granger
In D.A.R.E., I learned how to make smart, healthy decisions so I can live a long, drug free lifestyle. Most importantly, I learned how to say “No” to the bad things that I know aren’t good for me. Mr. Cody Portie taught us much more though. For example, he taught us how to treat each other with respect, how to stay away from drugs, how to not give in to peer pressure, and best of all, how to stand up for who we are and stay confident with our head held high and smiles on our faces.
D.A.R.E. has really impacted my life and now everyday when I look in the mirror, I see a strong, confident person looking back at me. I believe I can do anything in life if I just go out and try. I learned from both Mr. Cody and his good friend, Rob Wellington. Mr. Wellington came and joined us in D.A.R.E. not too long ago, and he shared all of his awesome experiences with us. I had a special connection with Mr. Wellington. He taught us how to control our fears and how to chase after our dreams. I learned a lot from both him and Mr. Cody and I am so thankful that I got to meet such wonderful men this school year.
The thing I like most about D.A.R.E. is that you get to learn new stuff with Mr. Cody and listen to stories about his life as a cop, a husband, a dad, and a D.A.R.E. Officer. I also like the fact that he believes in each and every one of us. If I was having a bad morning or I didn’t feel good, going to D.A.R.E. class would always cheer me up.
From now on, I will make better decisions and persuade other people to do the same. If I am faced with the pressure of using drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, I will take what I learned from D.A.R.E. and make the right decisions. I will be a role model for other kids around me. I will also keep in mind that bullying is the number one cause of teen suicide. If I ever witness somebody being bullied, I will be sure to stand up for them. I mean, why wouldn’t I?
I, Jenae Granger, pledge to always be drug free. I will try to do the right things from now on. I pledge to be a great leader/role model. I will be faithful to myself and to others as well.