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Drugs create bad
I grew up in an environment
whtre drugs wee not a major prob-
lem ye among young people. Mai-
juans, however, was used every
now and again recreationally by
Such drugs as LSD. crack
cocaine or heroin were unheau d of
in our community in the 1960s and
1970s. Children had a sense of
belonging to their culture and envi-
Everybody's child or children
belong to and was cared fo by the
whole community. Spirituality
played an important role in the Vir
gin Islands community not nac-
essarily belonging to a religious
faith, but being a person whose lif
s characterized by meaning.
A spitual person posmsses po-
itive values, is motivated to achieve
goals and has reluionships guided
by a see of ethics. Parents of yes-
terday saw fit that positive values
wem instilled in their children. Par-
ems of today do no do th same.
Bac then, there was nowhere in
the Virgin Islands, or in the
Caribbean, for tbat maer da man-
ners were not important for a
My gaidmother always seo d to
say. "Altbhogh you might not have
a good edocatin, b with manners
i will cary yeo through lifek"
SIf a mother sent he daughter or
son to the stoae, it was natural to
say good morning or good after-
noon. And if you did not say good
morning, yer pmrems would even-
tually bear about it In some cases,
the store owner would not sell you
anything unless you showed some
respect by saying good morning.
This was the kind of environment I
grew up inin the islands.
SToday, we live in a different
environment, where drugs mae com-
monly used. especially among ou
As a community, if we are inter-
ected in prevention, we need to
know how and why kids become
involved in dragusc and crime.
In 193. the La Angeles Police
Department and the schools got
together to teah kids how to rsist
drugs. rom this operative effort,
a project was developed called
"Drug Abhse Resistance Educa-
on" o giv yog people te facts
about alcohol aad drugs and each
them way to resist negative pr
DAJLE. mainly focuses on kids
in grades five ad six, who are not
yet likely to be led by their peers to
experiment wih illegal drugs.
The D.AR program has taken
o to the Virgin Islands schools.
Since our police officers are the
Without l he suppo of a coopr-
aIie effor by teachers, school erin-
ciplis, police oicers, ad prens.
Olm the full reo lts of D.A.R.E. cold
Dab nobe achieved.
For our drug growing problems
in the Virgin Islands. D.A.R.E.
O eMMMe offense a long-e um option.
Tnis coming sm mer. D.A.RE.
SD. offes nu plumninag a "Dton high
thers to implementL D.A.R.. summb ." a twday tip o
currictlum, they received special- Th s and St. Joh. Kids on Sl.
icd training. Croix will be learning about the
The DA.RE. curricul m offer envirnomet on St. Thomas and St
cool children skills to rist peor Jobn. They will visit Coral World
pressure and o sy no to drags. and other sites ad interact with
l~6mscitomdo notmUsthe mlinl other D.A.RE. kids on the sister
approaches of scare tactics that island.
focus on the dangersof drugpse. e strIule to pptect aor vi-
Rather, they teach self-esteem em is i thing, bm t nothing is
and how children can make their more important th letting our
own decisions and bow they can chideoh know it i all sigt to say
ideatify positive asllenavet to tob- mo todmp.
stancelabse. To support this worhy school
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objectives consistent with the mPg at the St Croix agricllure
depatmet of edcanin d healh fr.
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classes ad positive attitudes baho To lm momr about
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children and paticipe in paying aomt and forsny ecoLoay. is a
gas tha allo w ll tihe to St. Croix ecologist, activit and
socialist wi theiceses. writer.