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McDaid Elementary D.A.R.E. graduation

Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 8:19 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - More than 20 students at McDaid Elementary successfully graduated from the D.A.R.E. program.

In fact, they’re the only students in Lincoln County to graduate from the program this year due to school districts’ COVID-19 restrictions. The students spent the last ten weeks gaining the tools to say “no” and incorporating the decision-making model.

“I feel really good about D.A.R.E. Graduation.” said Tucker Kemp. “If I ever get in tough situation I will be able to navigate out of that by using my D.A.R.E. decision-making model.”

“I feel like D.A.R.E. can help me with any hard situation I go through such as with classmates or people I don’t know,” said Tiffany Townshend.”

Tuesday’s graduation is also North Platte Police Department’s D.A.R.E. Officer Matt Elder’s first graduating class.

“I just hope they take what I taught them and apply it to the real world,” said Officer Elder. “You can teach them all you want, but unless they apply it outside, you don’t know if you are successful or not. But now it’s on them, they have the tools and the power, like I said in my speech, to make good choices.”

Ben Heirigs and Brecken Collins were the winners of the essay competition.

A total of 23 sixth grade students graduated from the program. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) was founded in Los Angeles, California in 1983.

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