Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry and D.A.R.E. instructor Deputy Sheriff Kelly Olson attended Oneka Elementary School’s fifth grade graduation ceremony. Each of the 175 students received diplomas.
Nearly 90 Falls High School students giggled and leaped across the Backus Community Center stage Tuesday upon graduating from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. The program is taught by Koochiching County Police Officer Dane Olson, who went through the program as a youngster himself.
172 – 6th graders celebrated graduation together at Hermantown High School on Friday, after completing ten separate classes within the D.A.R.E. program. Officer Tim Battaglia says, “You know, yeah they learn a lot of things, they learn facts and health effects on drugs and alcohol, but the D.A.R.E. program is so much more than that . . .”