CEDAR LAKE | The fifth grade students from Jane Ball Elementary School celebrated their D.A.R.E. graduation on April 17. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. This year millions of school children around the world will benefit from D.A.R.E., the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence.
D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world.
D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.
Officer Molina from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office serves as the D.A.R.E. officer for Jane Ball Elementary School.
All of the students wrote an essay describing what they learned during the D.A.R.E. program. One winner was selected from each of the three fifth grade classes. Logan Sawaska won from Miss Sknerski’s class. Katrina True won from Mrs. Rausei’s class, and Grant Dickerson won from Mrs. VanMeter’s class.