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DARE winners: Students pen odes to combat abuse

Oak Harbor Middle School students participated in a school wide anti-drug/drug-free contest. Entries included several posters and poems. Oak Harbor Middle School Preventionist Debby Spence and DARE Officer Steve Nordstrand organized the contest and awarded prizes to all who participated. Winners Shukriyyah Greaves and Chip Merrill were presented their awards at a schoolwide recognition assembly.

The Drinker

He drank all night and he drank all day

To him it eased the pain away

He had no friends he had no cheers

All he had were all his fears

He thought it would be cool

To drink and act like a fool

But then he was losing it all

When he realized this he began to bawl

He decided to fix his life

And no longer live it in strife

So he went to his friend the only one who cared

For she was the one whose life he shared

She did her best to understand

“You must quit now” was her demand

He was doing great, he was doing well

So he called her up on his cell

She was so proud of his transformation

She invited him and some friends to a celebration

And now every time he is offered a beer

“Not now, not ever again” he would cheer!

Chip Merrill

8th Grade,

Oak Harbor Middle School


I was invited to cough out my lungs

To ruin my smile

To darken my gums

To be addicted for a while

To walk another mile

To lose others’ trust

To steal if I must

My teeth begin to rust

My breath smells like must

I was invited to be dumped by my friends

I was invited to feel isolated in the end

I was the one who was punished by mom and dad

I was invited to make others mad

Why would I hide it

I was invited

I’m one, no two, no five steps closer to being cool

Acting like a fool

To break another rule

To use escaping like it’s a tool

I’m closer to getting an “F” in class

I’m even closer to being six feet under grass

So the next time someone offers you to get high

To be cool ‘cause that’s what they said

That’s your invitation, you just been invited

Shukriyyah Greaves

7th grade,

Oak Harbor Middle School

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