On March 19, Immaculate Conception School and the Morris Police Department held the fifth-grade D.A.R.E. Graduation ceremony at Immaculate Conception School.
Principal Kim DesLaur-iers welcomed all in attendance and thanked them for coming.
He indicated DARE has been taught at I.C.S. since 1988, and he thanked the city of Morris and the Morris Police Department for presenting the program for so many years.
The students participated in the 10-week program, which focuses on teaching the students 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. Dr. Pat Halloran, superintendent of Morris Com-munity High School District #101, was the featured speaker.
Since acronyms are used throughout the D.A.R.E. pro-gram, Dr. Halloran introduced the acronym C.A.R. to the students. Dr. Halloran spoke about the importance of Character, Attitude, and Relationships and how they influence the lives of young people.
He gave examples of some important “learning moments” in his life and how those moments helped mold him into the person he is today. Dr. Halloran congratulated the students and wished them good fortune in the future.
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.
Hattie Monson was chosen as the class representative from Mrs. Rhonda Johnson’s class and she read her essay as part of the graduation ceremony.
She received a medal and a D.A.R.E. sports ball for her accomplishment.
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 Officer Scott Ator was the instructor for the program.
The 2013 Graduates are:
Michael Bates Albert Castelluccio Elijah Davy Anthony Del Toro Elaina Frobish Isabelle Hess William Hornsby Matthew Kindelspire Stephanie Kruse Hattie Monson Ellarae Odom Macy Rodgers Jenna Tessone Sydney Thuente Shaelye Varner Benjamin Virgo