Signs of promise bloom
Last October, 61 fifth-graders at Junaluska Elementary School made a promise to not use illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco as part of the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program.
As part of the pledge, celebrated during Red Ribbon Week, a national drug awareness effort, students planted tulip bulbs near the school's entrance. The bulbs are now a bright red patch representing that promise.They are blooming, as planned, during April, which is National Alcohol Awareness month.
The tulips will bloom each spring for years to come and will serve as a reminder of the drug-free promise, not only for those students who planted them, but for future D.A.R.E. graduates.
D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983, and is aimed at educating and empowering kids to help them stay drug- and violence-free. The program is taught to every fifth-grade student in Haywood County.