June 1, 2007
The entire fifth grade class at Walker Upper Elementary School in Charlottesville is daring to stay off drugs.
On Friday morning, the kids graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, which has been run by the same officer since it started.
For more than 20 years, Officer Wayne Sprouse has taught kids about how to "just say no" and the bad effects of drugs.
"You can do the skipping CD such as, 'No, no, no, no’. Or just ignore or just walk away," said D.A.R.E. graduate Richard Potter of ways he learned to say "no."
"Your teeth turn yellow. Your breath goes bad. Your heart slows down," cited Ivy Wells, another D.A.R.E. graduate, of the reasons why she would turn down drugs.
Officer Sprouse was supposed to retire this year, but he is staying on to continue the program, which is one of just a few still running in Virginia.