Several families in town will have a better holiday season this year thanks to fifth graders and the Berlin Police Department. Earlier this month, three elementary school students were chosen through a lottery system to accompany officers on a trip to the toy store to buy gifts for families in need. The event, in its second year, is part of the D.A.R.E. program for fifth graders. The students and their parents, as well as some siblings, helped officers shop for 11 families at the Toys R’ Us on the Berlin Turnpike.
Eighth-graders at Kelly Middle School got a kick-start to their Monday morning by joining three large, furry friends at a loud anti-drug rally in the school’s auditorium. The special guests at the Red Ribbon Week rally included Chester, the Young Marines puppy bulldog mascot, D.A.R.E. mascot Daren the Lion, and Hunter, the mascot of the New England Black Wolves professional lacrosse team, based at Mohegan Sun.