Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh presided over the D.A.R.E. program for Prathom 6 children from 10 Pattaya schools July 3 at city hall. Helping to hand out commemorative broaches were Pattaya City Council President Sanit Bunmachai and Pattaya Police Superintendent Col. Suwan Chiewnawinthawat with Lions Club of Pattaya members, students and teachers attending.
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh (middle) presides over the D.A.R.E. program for Prathom 6 children from 10 Pattaya schools.
Taught by area police officers, the D.A.R.E. courses aim to give children the skills needed to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities. Avoidance of alcohol and cigarettes are also stressed, in addition to narcotics.
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh (left) presents certificates to students who completed the D.A.R.E project.
D.A.R.E. Thailand officials hope to train 800,000 youths nationwide. Each course runs four months and, locally, featured speakers from police stations in Pattaya, Banglamung, Najomtien and Koh Si Chang. The Lions Club of Pattaya-Taksin cosponsored the training.
Children from Pattaya School No. 1 proudly show off their D.A.R.E brooches.
Children show off their card after attending the D.A.R.E project.
Children from all 10 Pattaya schools accept their D.A.R.E certificates and brooches at Pattaya City Hall.