By the end of this week, hundreds of students will have crossed the stage and earned their certificates of completion for the Seguin Police Department’s D.A.R.E. Program.

When the program hit Seguin schools 25 years ago, its main focus was drug and alcohol abuse.

Over the years it has evolved to include tobacco use, bullying, social media, peer pressure and more.

The program, under the watchful eye of Seguin Police Officer Hope Vasquez, also includes incentives for the students to really heed her advice.

The lessons they learn in her classroom can carry them a long way.

The skills she teaches them can be put to use in high school, college, trade school and future jobs.

But she is not alone in this endeavor. Vasquez has the support of her department, her volunteers and most importantly the community.

Because, after all, it takes a village.

Our Voice is the opinion of the editorial board of the Seguin Gazette.

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