Posted: Friday, May 03, 2002

Police officers appreciate support for DARE program

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

Since that time, over 1,500 Kenai students have received the 17-week core program and its two-week follow-up session, emphasizing responsible decision-making techniques and having positive alternatives to avoid drugs and violence. Phillips Petroleum recognizes the need for positive youth activities and has been the primary supporter of the Kenai DARE program since 1992, providing T-shirts, water bottles and other incentive aids for the students involved with this program.

This year's fifth-grade graduation was held on March 5 at Mountain View Elementary and had a tremendous attendance from supportive parents, family and peers. We were honored to have the special agent in charge of the FBI for Alaska, Phillip Reid, as the guest speaker at this year's graduation ceremony.

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 schools, and all of the parents and students who have strived for the success of our children.

Officer Gus Sandahl, Kenai Police Department

Community member recognizes those involved in DARE program

Hats off to the Kenai Peninsula DARE program. It was my pleasure on April 16 to have difficulty finding a parking space at Soldotna High School. The parking lot was filled with parents bringing their kids to the graduating DARE program.

The parking lot was nothing compared to the standing room only of the auditorium. Kids, parents and law enforcement officers from Sterling, Nikiski and Soldotna showed up in full force.

The presentations, skits, dance scenes and awards were excellent. This program is such a positive reinforcement to our schools and our community.

My sincere thanks to those officers who give their time and energy: Officer Greg Landeis, Officer Duane Kant, Trooper Steve Stanton and Trooper Vic Aye. You should have heard the cheers and applause these officers received from the kids, it would have made you proud.

Local businesswoman, Nancy Mitchell, Soldotna

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