D.A.R.E. program has new stars

I am proud to congratulate the newest D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduates from Nikiski North Star Elementary. Fifth graders in Mr. Floyd's, Ms Matson's and Ms. Barnes class successfully completed the D.A.R.E. program. These students are pledging to stay away from drugs, alcohol and smoking, as well as making smart life decisions.

This program wouldn't be possible without the generous monetary donation from the Kenai Elk's Club for supplies. Each year they have graciously funded the purchase of items such as graduation certificates, pins, wrist bands, t-shirts, etc. Thanks for being such great community support!

Speaking of community support, I would also like to recognize and show my appreciation to the owners of The Tree House Restaurant and La Casa Italiana. The last two years they have donated pizza for the graduation ceremony. Please thank them when you frequent their businesses.

Last but not least, a special thank you goes out to Nikiski North Star Elementary Principal Lisa Callahan and her wonderful staff. They not only allot time for this worthwhile program, they also help set up and provide a graduation cake for the ceremony. The commitment and dedication of these professionals ensured a fun and smooth running event.

This was my second year sharing information with the fifth graders at Nikiski North Star Elementary. Each year I find the students becoming increasingly excited about the program and participation is outstanding. A big part of this is due to the excitement and encouragement offered by the principal and staff. This year we were fortunate enough to have the fourth graders join us for the graduation ceremony to give them a taste of what they have to look forward to. I am truly blessed to be a part their lives and have the opportunity to help guide these children into a successful lifestyle by making smart decisions. Thank you!

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