I'm sure those of you who have or have had a child in the fifth grade maybe familiar with the D.A.R.E. program. A police officer comes to their school to teach your children the negatives of drug and alcohol abuse. After several weeks of learning, the kids write an essay on what they've learned and how it will affect them for the rest of their lives. A few of the essays are hand picked to be presented at the D.A.R.E. graduation in front of the entire fifth grade class, fifth grade teachers, parents and principal. Certificates are also presented by the officers and teachers.
Aliya's essay was one of the ones that was chosen, her Dad and I were so proud. It holds a special place in my heart because she's always felt that her big sister has been awarded with so much and she wanted her time to shine well baby here's your time. Congratulations and may the words you shared with all of us hold true for the rest of your life and that you can become a great role model for kids who are following in your footsteps.
One more thing. I just had to share a pic I found of Ayanna in 2010 with her D.A.R.E. officer at her graduation. Its only fair right?