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D.A.R.E. a Good Ending for Fifth Graders

On the last day of school before winter break and the end of 2018 for students, 185 fifth graders from Hanover Central Middle School in Cedar Lake were joined by visiting parents, staff and administration members for the annual D.A.R.E program graduation and a day of ‘fieldhouse fun’ at Hanover Central High School.

Officer William T. Fisher, of the Cedar Lake Police Department, explained to the parents present what the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program is all about.  The program, founded in 1983, offers students the chance to spend time with their D.A.R.E. Officer, develop relationships with high school role models and learn good decision making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives.

Man talking to group of students

Officer William T. Fisher spoke to graduates and guests to open the 2018 D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony.

CLPD Chief, David Coulson, thanked the Hanover school system for allowing students the opportunity to participate in D.A.R.E., and for recognizing the importance of the program. 

Officer Fisher introduced the 2018 Hanover Central High School role models:  Jenna Voticke, Rebecca Oliver, Sydney Maciejewski, Nolan Tucker, Angelina Burroughs, and Dominick Amadio, as well as the Hanover Central Middle School 5th grade teachers.  Five students were recognized for their D.A.R.E. essays which focused on the importance of DARE, and what they learned during the program.  Winners were:  Luca Knezevic, Kyle Otworowski, Cali Zichterman-Barnett, Angelina Arvia and Preslie Culton. 

Officer with four students with medals

Officer Fisher with D.A.R.E. essay winners:  Kyle Otworowski, Cali Zichterman-Barnett, Angelina Arvia, and Preslie Culton.  Winner, Luca Knezevic was not available for the photo.  Congratulations to all!

Cop with high school and middle school students

Officer Fisher with Hanover Center High School Role Models (Back Row - l to r):  Jenna Voticke, Rebecca Oliver, Sydney Maciejewski, Nolan Tucker, Angelina Burroughs, and Dominick Amadio.  Also pictured are four of the five essay winners.  (Front Row - l to r):  yle Otworowski, Cali Zichterman-Barnett, Angelina Arvia, and Preslie Culton.  Winner, Luca Knezevic was not available for the photo.

Students received certificates for completing the program and spent time utilizing the High School fieldhouse facilities and having some fun as a reward for completing the program. 

Kids with basketball and cop

Enjoying some time with D.A.R.E. Officer William Fisher at graduation are (l to r):  Dorothy Leep, Alarik Jefferson, Nora Prim, D.A.R.E. Officer William Fisher, Reagan Tryner, Sienna Stilley, Olivia Vallow, and Adeline McMahon.

 

Take a look at some of the fun!

boys playing basketball

two girls with basketball

two girls playing around

a boy and two girls

four girls

kids lined up for graduation