A number of recent D.A.R.E. graduates were recognized for their outstanding essays at the June Hanover Community School Corporation Board of Trustees meeting. Shown are (l to r) Eramathea Puente, Savanah Morgan, Danny Kelley, Avery Booker, and Jayden Gregory. Not pictured buy recognized at the meeting was Josh Ondack.
At the June Hanover School Board meeting, Jane Ball Elementary School D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer Billy Fisher explained the annual D.A.R.E. Essay contest. Every student participating in the program wrote an essay about what they learned. At Jane Ball Elementary, the essays were compiled and the top six were selected. Honorable Mentions went to Savanna Morgan, Eramathea Puente, and Joshua Ondack. The third place essay was written by Daniel Kelly, the second place essay was written by Avery Booker, while Jayden Gregory received the first place award.
“I’ll be honest with you, It was very difficult,” said Fisher. “I had four people going through the top six and we must have read them (the essays) at least ten times each. It took some voting because all six of them did a fantastic job.”
Officer Fisher then led the students in a song they learned during the program. The students enjoyed learning each line of the chant from Fisher’s military days throughout the five weeks of the program.
Officer Fisher: “C-130 rolling down the strip.”
Students: “Everyone ready, gonna take a little trip.”
Officer Fisher: “Stand up, look up, shuffle to the door.”
Students: “Jump right out on the count of four.”
Officer Fisher “Count, one-two-three-and four.”
Students: “My main opened up with a mighty roar.”
Officer Fisher: “But if my main don’t open wide.”
Students: “I got a reserve by my side.”
Officer Fisher: “But if that one should fail me too,”
Students: “Look out below, I’M COMING THROUGH!”
There is no doubt that these student’s chutes have opened wide with help from Officer Fisher and the D.A.R.E. Program.
Deborah Snedden has been the Principal at Jane Ball Elementary School since the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year. Mrs. Snedden is a native of Crete, Illinois with a special tie to Cedar Lake. Her husband, Mark Snedden, is a former Hanover alumni. They are the parents of a blended family of seven and currently reside in Crown Point.
Prior to becoming the Principal of Jane Ball, Mrs. Snedden served as the Curriculum Director at Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, following fifteen years of teaching in the Crown Point schools. She is a graduate of Crete-Monee High School with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue Calumet and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Ball State. Mrs. Snedden has been a presenter at professional development workshops and has worked with the Education Department at Purdue Calumet to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning to life at Jane Ball.
As she walks through the halls of Jane Ball the students smile and high five’s are the norm rather than the exception. “I’m here to make sure these kids are 21st century learners. What they’ll need to know to succeed in life starts right here,” said Snedden. “I have a passion for collaborating with students, teachers and parents.”
HC ATHLETIC CAMP
Grades 1-11 July 8-10 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
*Limited to 60 participants
Camp registration forms are available in all Hanover Community School offices and are also available on-line at www.hanovercentralathletics.com under the summer camp tab. Registration form can be turned in to the Hanover Central High School office or parents/campers may register on-line at www.hanovercamps.com.