Posted: Monday, April 30, 2001

More than 1,500 Kenai students have gone through DARE program

The Kenai Police Department, in conjunction with Mountain View Elementary School and Kenai Middle School has facilitated the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program since 1991.

Since that time, over 1,500 students have received the 17-week core program and its two-week follow-up session, emphasizing responsible decision-making techniques and working within personal relationships to avoid drug and violence.

Since 1992, Phillips Petroleum Co. has been the primary supporter of the DARE program, providing T-shirts, water bottles and other incentive aids for the students involved with this program. Phillips Petroleum recognizes the need for strong community youth programs and this coincides with the Kenai Police Department's philosophy of community policing.

This year's fifth-grade graduation was held on April 17 at Mountain View Elementary, and had a tremendous attendance from supportive parents, family and peers.

On behalf of the Kenai Police Department, the DARE officers would like to thank Phillips Petroleum for its continued support, the staff of Mountain View Elementary and Kenai Middle School, and all of the parents and students who have strived for the success of our children.

Officer Gus Sandahl, Kenai Police Department

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