On Nov. 15, White Oak Elementary School Principal Chris Maier welcomed many parents and guests to the fifth-grade D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony.
He thanked them for their attendance and support of both the graduates and the Morris Police D.A.R.E. Program.
The students participated in the 10-week program, which focuses on teaching them life skills that will help them make positive decisions as they grow up. The program further stresses how being drug-free helps build a foundation for the rest of their lives.
The Honorable Judge Robert Marsaglia, circuit judge for the 13th Judicial Circuit, was the featured speaker. Judge Marsaglia explained the importance of making good decisions.
He told the graduates if they use the skills and strategies they learned in the D.A.R.E. lessons, they will be very productive citizens. He stressed that, as they grow older, they are going to have many more important choices to make throughout their lives.
As part of the 10-week D.A.R.E. program, each student was required to write an essay on what they learned in D.A.R.E. and why they think it is important to be drug- and violence-free. A representative from each class was recognized and each read his or her essay as part of the graduation ceremony.
Class representatives received a D.A.R.E. sports ball and a D.A.R.E. Essay Winner Medallion. The class representatives were:
Ms. Castanier’s class – Sophia Shaw
Mrs. DesLauriers’s class – Dylan Tash
Mrs. Farber’s class – Olivia Jenkins
Mrs. Farmer’s class – Meganne Johnson
Ms. Leavitt’s class – Andrew Hipes
Each D.A.R.E. graduate received a D.A.R.E. T-shirt, a D.A.R.E. pin, and a certificate recognizing their achievement.
Patrol Officers’ Doris Noll, Scott Ator, and Jessica Smith were the instructors for the program.
The D.A.R.E graduates were:
From Ms. Castanier’s class:
From Mrs. DesLauriers’ class:
From Mrs. Farber’s class:
From Mrs. Farmer’s class:
From Ms. Leavitt’s class: