Nov. 13, 2012
-- Thanks to the help of Attorney Lauri J. Goldstein, more than 100 local students were able to wear specially designed t-shirts as they graduated from their D.A.R.E. program at Hobe Sound Elementary School on Nov. 1. The Martin County personal injury lawyer and her law firm—A Law Firm of Goldstein, Schmitt & Wade, P.L.—covered the cost for printing the t-shirts in support of the program. The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, which is put on by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, teaches children how to say no to drugs, gangs and violence.
Ms. Goldstein and her firm have long been sponsoring the D.A.R.E program, and it is their support that makes the commemorative t-shirts available to students at Hobe Sound, Pinewood, Port Salermo and SeaWind elementary schools, which are located in Martin County. Every year, the graduating students are given the opportunity to come up with t-shirt designs for their own schools, which are printed on the shirts for graduation.
"Thanks to Ms. Goldstein, each student has a T-shirt that they can wear proudly and that serves as a tangible reminder of what they learned through the D.A.R.E. course," said Lead D.A.R.E. Instructor Deputy Martha Williams.
Deputy Williams noted that the program has been educating young people about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and violence for nearly two decades. "We are so thankful for Ms. Goldstein's ongoing commitment to the program through her underwriting of the costs of the graduation shirts,” she said.
Ms. Goldstein joined Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder in greeting and congratulating the students on the graduation stage at Hobe Sound Elementary School. Others on the stage included Deputy Williams, D.A.R.E. Resource Supervisor Lt. Morgan Sprott, Martin County School Superintendent-
Elect Lauri Gaylord and Hobe South Elementary Principal Joan Gibbons. According to Ms. Goldstein, the D.A.R.E. program plays an important role in the lives of local children.
"The D.A.R.E. program is a vital resource for the youth in our community," she said. "I have two young children myself and understand the realities and risks of what can happen to youth today who are unprepared to deal with negative peer pressure. D.A.R.E. gives these young people the skills they need to protect themselves from harmful influences.”
The D.A.R.E. program is implemented at 10 public schools in Martin County. The 11-week D.A.R.E. course is taught by Martin County School Resource Officers, who have special training. More than 1,700 children graduated from the program during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. More information about A Law Firm of Goldstein, Schmitt & Wade can be found at http://www.GSWLawyers.com