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My DARE officer has taught me not only how to be a good friend, sister and daughter but has also taught me facts that remind me never to do any kind of drug. He has helped me with things that happened in the past, that are going on now and has taught me things that I am planning on using in the future.

He has taught me that if I am a bully then I won’t have any friends. If I happen to gain a few in the process then it won’t be for very long. I learned how to be a responsible daughter and a loving sister, too. The meaning of responsible is doing the things that you have been told to do. If my mom asks me to get her a drink if she isn’t feeling well then I do. If I am assigned a homework project then I will do them most of the time. But nobody’s perfect. Dare has helped me become a better person though not a perfect one.

I was taught that drugs almost always kill you. I’m not talking about just illegal drugs. I’m also talking about alcohol and cigarettes. Cigarettes kill you because they cover your lungs in tar which turns them black. If you smoke then you can’t run as fast, you get heart problems and eventually die. People who are nonsmokers live much longer then smokers. Beer and other liquors also kill you. You get dizzy, can’t see straight and can lose your balance. Drugs have some of the same health effects as both cigarettes and beer. One of the biggest differences is that nobody at any age level is suppose to own them. Fortunately, most teenagers do not drink or smoke.

In the past, I have used DARE in many ways. Even before I learned DARE I was using some of their methods to protect myself. I once was asked by a child to smoke with them but I said no and ran home next to my sisters. We all knew that the right thing to do was to have our parents tell her parents. So we did. She hasn’t tried to smoke since.

In the future I plan on trying to be more nice to my family and friends. I vow that I will never smoke, drink or do drugs. Even thought I have to put up with some annoying people in life, I won’t let them get me involved into anything bad like drugs. I know how it is to have people around you that just work and drink. But most of them screwed up their lives when they were young. Since I learned so many things from DARE, I won’t let that happen to me. If I can them I’ll try to help save others too before it’s too late.

My DARE officer has made me a better person when many others didn’t even try. DARE made me decide to do what I think is the right choice and I choose never to do any kind of drug. If my DARE officer didn’t devote every Friday of his life then I would still be an unwise person and may have done the wrong things in the future. But my DARE officer has changed my fate.

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