Saturday January 20 10:08 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Fall Semester D.A.R.E. Graduations Celebrated

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The D.A.R.E. Program, which has been provided to students in Munster for almost thirty years, is presented to almost 2,000 students a year in kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, and 8th grade with lessons including stranger-danger, internet safety, drug prevention, bullying prevention, resisting peer pressure, respecting parents, choosing positive associations, and using help networks.

During these memorable ceremonies, certificates and D.A.R.E. t-shirts were presented to each fifth grade student. Words of encouragement and congratulations were also provided by administrators, police officers, and teachers and awards were presented for the best D.A.R.E. essays and for outstanding behavior, participation and citizenship (the Daren Awards). One student was also awarded with the Daren the Lion plush doll to take home at the conclusion of the ceremonies, which were followed by cake and pizza receptions attended by the families of the graduates.

The Munster Police Department would like to thank the many generous sponsors of the D.A.R.E. Program who help to make it possible to provide this important safety program to our community’s youth each year.

Monetary sponsors included the Parent-Teacher-Organizations of Eads Elementary School, Elliott Elementary School, Frank Hammond Elementary School, Wilbur Wright Middle School, and St. Paul’s Lutheran School, St. Thomas More Church & School, the Munster Lions Club, the Munster Rotary Club, and McDonald’s Restaurant (also provides dessert coupons).

In addition, goods and services were provided by Miss Print (sponsors the police trading card program), Pepsi Americas (sponsors water for the graduations), Dante’s House of Pizza (provides a generous discount on pizzas for the graduations), Jewel-Osco (sponsors the cakes for the graduations), Kentucky Fried Chicken (sponsors meal coupons for each graduate), and Munster Donut (sponsors free donuts for each graduate).

We greatly appreciate the support of all of our sponsors each year and look forward to working with them in the future on other community policing programs. Fifth grade D.A.R.E. classes will begin at Eads, Elliott, and Frank Hammond in late January or early February with graduations scheduled for May. In addition, visits to the younger grades at St. Thomas More and St. Paul’s Lutheran School will also take place throughout the spring semester.

For more information about the Munster Police Department’s D.A.R.E. Program or about how you can be a sponsor, please contact D.A.R.E. Officer James Ghrist at 219-836-6639 or jghrist@munster.org.