CEDAR LAKE | Marissa Harper received something special when she graduated from the DARE anti-drug program recently.
Marissa, 11, of St. John, won the statewide DARE poster contest and was awarded an iPod Flash from DARE Indiana.
Through the next year, Marissa’s poster will be featured in publicity for the organization and the annual DARE golf outing.
Marissa’s accomplishment is impressive because of the sheer numbers of entries, said Jory Molina, Lincoln Elementary School DARE officer.
Molina sponsored 50 entries including Marissa’s, and her creation had to go up against entries from all over the state.
Marissa got her inspiration from her DARE class itself, she said. Her poster contained several scenes which illustrated lessons learned in DARE, such as Be Happy and Stay Positive, Eat Healthy and Grow and Say No to Drugs and Keep it Real.
Marissa graduated with fellow fifth-grade DARE participants in a special ceremony recently. She enjoyed the program and believes the lessons she learned will come in handy in “real life situations,” she said.
And as for her teacher, Molina, she grinned and said, “She’s better than good.”