The Hawai‘i Police Department and students from several East Hawai‘i schools celebrated D.A.R.E. Day on May 23 in Hilo. (Photo courtesy of the Hawai‘i Police Department)

The Hawai‘i Police Department and students from several East Hawai‘i schools celebrated D.A.R.E. Day on May 23 in Hilo. (Photo courtesy of the Hawai‘i Police Department)

From Big Island Now

The Hawai‘i Police Department and its school resource officers send congratulations to the 2024 graduates of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, also known as D.A.R.E.

East Hawai’i students from Hilo Intermediate, Waiākea Intermediate, Pāhoa Elementary, Kea‘au Elementary and Pāhoa Intermediate schools on May 23 celebrated completing the D.A.R.E. program.

This year’s event was especially meaningful as it was the first large gathering of D.A.R.E. graduates since 2019, after a hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hosted at the Kawamoto Swim Stadium in Hilo, the day began with master of ceremonies Capt. Roy Valera delivering opening remarks to more than 600 enthusiastic students in attendance.

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PCA celebrates D.A.R.E. milestone

PCA celebrates D.A.R.E. milestone

From The Lufkin Daily News

Pineywoods Community Academy students wore their D.A.R.E. shirts to school Thursday as the school marked the 41st anniversary of the creation of the program. Started in 1983, the “Drug Abuse Resistance Education” program, or D.A.R.E., was…