For Hometown News
STUART -- Attorney Richard Wade of Goldstein, Schmitt and Wade represented the law firm at the Pinewood Elementary fifth-grade class Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education graduation in February. This school year the law firm sponsored the DARE tee-shirts at Pinewood Elementary, Seawind Elementary, Port Salerno Elementary, Hobe Sound and Jensen Beach Elementary.
The DARE program is an 11-week course that is taught in 10 Martin County public schools by specially trained Martin County School Resource Officers. Approximately 1,500 students graduate from the DARE program annually.
To complete the DARE class and receive the certificate of completion, each student must write an essay about what they have learned about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol.
One of the students, Lavarius Hampton read his rap-style essay aloud to the delight of the audience.
Winners of the essay contest were Dana Perez, Faith Beaty, Alexa Wood, Dede Edwards and Jesus Rojas-Palacios. Daniel Shields was the overall winner.
Mr. Wade spoke to the students and urged them to keep their commitment to the principals of DARE and to surround themselves with family, friends and school teachers who believe in them and help them to have the best life possible.