HANSON — Hanson Middle School Principal William Tranter encouraged his sixth grade DARE graduates to use the education they have received from Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) and apply it to all of the very important choices they will have to make in life.
“We want you to make good decisions. If you wonder, ‘Which way do I go?’ These are the people you can turn to. Take advantage of the fact that they are here for you,” said Tranter. He pointed to those who filled the room: parents, grandparents, teachers, peers, and staff as well as local law enforcement who are and will be supportive as well as lending an ear for trials in life.
The conclusion of the DARE program with Officer William Frazier was held Friday April 29. He briefly touched on topics that were discussed within the classroom about avoiding peer pressure to use drugs, recognizing bullying and internet safety, which has become a significant topic as students expend more time on computers.
For the second year in a row Liam Talbot, 18, also a W-H student spoke to the graduates.
He reminded them of the numerous medical challenges he faces day to day, as he was born with arsenic poisoning. He has relied on the first responders in our towns to assist him in his sickest days. As he recalled his trip last year with the Make-A-WishFoundation he exclaimed that no matter how bad things are you can make the right choice and ask for help.
“I choose to be positive and I would not change one single thing about my life,” said Talbot.
There were several awards given to students who participated regularly in class and also best poster submission.
Mason Giove received a standing ovations from his peers and teachers as he was named the recipient of the Liam Talbot award by Officer Frazier.
Giove had a cancerous tumor in his brain at the age of 18 mos. and despite his daily medical challenges as he enters his pre-teen years he is friendly, uplifting to others, and chooses to take each day on with a positive attitude.