It was graduation day for some students from Mesick Elementary, but they’re not moving to middle school just yet.
Students celebrated their graduation from the D.A.R.E. program with pizza and ice skating at the Wex in Cadillac.
The celebration was the culmination of weeks of work in the program.
D.A.R.E., or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, was originally a program primarily focused on preventing and educating students on drug abuse, but recently, the program has expanded to include classes on bullying, and overall safety.
Students at schools across the country are visited by D.A.R.E. officers from local police departments and spend several weeks learning how to stay out of trouble.
The program has been around since 1983 and students from several generations have benefited from it.
Those who help run the program in Wexford County say a good first impression of a law enforcement officer is crucial when children are involved.
Wexford County Sheriff’s Deputy Cory Lipar went through the program when he was younger and says it left a lasting impact on him, leading to his law enforcement career and assumption of the D.A.R.E. duties.
And according to faculty, with Deputy Lipar’s lessons, the students now have an understanding of what to do and what not to do in questionable situations.
The D.A.R.E. program will continue for years to come at all schools within Wexford County.
D.A.R.E. grads receive goodie bags and congratulations from community leaders. In the 1980s political leaders attempted to address the drug crisis among youth with a simple answer to a complex problem: “Just say No!” Programs like D.A.R.E sprung up across the nation,...
Fifth-grade students at Sward Elementary graduated from the D.A.R.E. Program after participating in the program for the last few months. Detective Tom Cronin congratulated the students and applauded them for their promise to turn away from drugs and violence. “I am...
For nearly 30 years, the Sidney Central School District has participated in the D.A.R.E. Program. This past Tuesday, the school maintained that tradition and held its annual graduation ceremony for the fifth-grade class.
Lowndes County Schools Press Release: VALDOSTA – Pine Grove Elementary School recently recognized their 5th grader students for completing D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). Approximately 120 students were enrolled in the 10-week class taught by PGE’s Resource Officer Deputy Charles Vinson.
During the Hopkins Elementary School D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse and Resistance Education) Graduation, Keith Hudson of Jim Hudson Automotive Group presented Sheriff #LeonLott with a $10,000 check which will go to fund the D.A.R.E. Program for the entire next year!!
SARANAC LAKE – After an eight-year hiatus, Saranac Lake School District has brought back the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. The D.A.R.E. program has been revised using a new “keepin’ it REAL” curriculum. Students are assigned to write an essay expressing their thoughts and ideas about what they learned during the D.A.R.E. program.
The 101 D.A.R.E. program graduates posed for a photo on the stage at the Ste. Genevieve R-II Performing Arts Center on December 19. (Photo from Ste. Genevieve R-II School District)
Graduates include: Dominic Bigalk, Samuel Brace, Chyann Bullerman Yu, Elise Church, Lucy Drees, Ava Ferrie, Brayden Henry, Eve Houdek, Kaylee Johnson, Ella Keller, Cody Kerian, Macie Mashek, Aspen Ollendick, Robert Ollendieck, Paige Pecinovsky, Konner Quam, Parker Rice, William Schrage, Kinze Shea, Dylan Shelton, Kyleigh Smith, Gwenyth Sopha, Isaac Tucke-Wenthhold, Joey Vobr, Mason Vrba and Paighton Zemola.
Highland Christian Academy held its annual D.A.R.E. graduation for the fifth-grade class Thursday, Jan. 11. Valdosta Police Officer Stephen Findlay presided and handed out the awards. First-place essay winner is Rhett Lilly and second place went to Celeste Mallory.