MUNSTER | The Munster Police Department held fall semester Drug Abuse Resistance Education graduation ceremonies last month at both St. Thomas More School and St. Paul Lutheran School.
More than 100 students graduated from the program, which teaches fifth-graders about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, along with information on bullying prevention, handling stress, communication skills, and support networks.
Each fifth-grade student was presented with a certificate of completion and a number of students were also presented with awards for writing the best essays or serving as good role models for their peers (Daren Awards).
The ceremonies, attended by parents, teachers, principals, and special speakers from the Munster Town Council, were followed by cake and pizza receptions. "Thank you to everyone who participated and helped sponsor this fall's programs," said DARE Officer James Ghrist.