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More than 1,000 fifth-grade students from Norwalk’s 11 elementary schools filled the Norwalk Concert Hall Wednesday morning to celebrate their D.A.R.E. graduation. D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a curriculum that has been sponsored by the Norwalk Police Department since 1987. It is a nationwide program that addresses drugs, violence, bullying, internet safety, and other high risk circumstances faced by young people.

NORWALK — More than 1,000 fifth-grade students from Norwalk’s 11 elementary schools filled the Norwalk Concert Hall Wednesday morning to celebrate their D.A.R.E. graduation.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a curriculum that has been sponsored by the Norwalk Police Department since 1987. It is a nationwide program that addresses drugs, violence, bullying, internet safety, and other high risk circumstances faced by young people.

Students were welcomed by Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik, followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Detective Kristina LaPak.

They were congratulated on completing the program by Mayor Harry Rilling and Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski.

Students were entertained by Abracadabra, also known as Nick Moriello.

D.A.R.E. officers who facilitated the program in the various schools were: Officers Christopher Holms, Gabriel DeMott, Cornell Abruzzini, Joseph Frattaroli, and Neil Robertson.

The Norwalk Youth Bureau provides instruction to all Norwalk fifth-graders through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. The educational program is intended to improve the relationship between the Norwalk youth and the police through a frank, open discussion of contemporary issues impacting our youth.

This article is from The Hour. Photo contributed by the Norwalk Police Department.

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