Tricounty News

D.A.R.E graduation a success

The fifth-grade students from Mrs. Niemi's and Mrs. Herrington's classrooms had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the D.A.R.E. program. The Drug Resistance Education Program was taught by Deputy Feldewerd from the Stearns County Sheriff's Dept. every Wednesday for 10 weeks. The students learned many ways to make wiser choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol.

Each week, Deputy Feldewerd visited the classrooms for an hour to teach the students how to avoid drugs and violence, and the harmful effects that they could have on a person's body and family life.

The students really enjoyed the D.A.R.E. class, and were rewarded with a graduation ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 17. Several members from the Stearns County Sheriff's Dept. were present, as well as many proud family members. Four students had the awesome opportunity to read their thoughtful D.A.R.E. essays: Colton Degree and Mariah Fennema from Mrs. Herrington's class, and Mitchell Skaggs and Abbey Schiefelbein from Mrs. Niemi's class.

As a surprise, Deputy Feldewerd arranged for a National Guard helicopter to land on the K.E.S. playground. It was an exciting moment for the entire school. The fifth-grade students met the pilots, and listened as they told them the importance of working hard, staying in school, and staying clear of all drugs, alcohol, and violence. Touring the helicopter, talking to the pilots, and finally seeing the helicopter take off were exciting moments for the new D.A.R.E. graduates. Congratulations to all of our terrific fifth-graders. Let's work as a community to ensure the safety of all students, and to teach them ways to resist drugs, alcohol, and violence.