Valle Catholic Fifth Graders graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program on Wednesday, April 20th in a ceremony at the DuBourg Centre attended by family and friends.
Present were Valle Catholic assistant principal, Mrs. Jill Metzger and Rev. Gregory Klump Associate Pastor from the Church of Ste. Genevieve.
The program is under the instruction of Officer Jeff McCarty and Officer Stephanie Memhardt from the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department. Other law enforcement who supported the program through their attendance at Graduation were: Gary Stolzer, Sheriff; Chief Deputy Jason Schott; and Deputy Richard Placke. Guest speaker was Shannon Thompson from the Multi County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit.
Also in attendance were the DARE role models: Sarah Bauman and Bryce Palmer from Valle Catholic High School. (Serving as role models but unable to attend the ceremony were Alyssa Kertz, Laykin McGowan, Olivia Oberle, and Claire McDowell.) These role models, members of the SADD group at Valle High School visited the 5th Grade classrooms to talk to the students about making good choices and being responsible.
As an added requirement of the program, each student composes an essay explaining what they learned in DARE. The essays include a pledge to make wise decisions regarding drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
This year’s 1st Place winners were Josef and Emily Flieg, children of Scott & Julie Flieg. Josef and Emily each read their essays aloud to the gathering; 2nd Place winners: Macy Wolk, daughter of Jason & Jennifer Wolk and Geneva Clover, daughter of James Clover and Larra Clover; 3rd Place winners: Emma Kraenzle, daughter of Tom Kraenzle and Bonnie Kraenzle and Madden House, son of Dustin & Cassandra House.
The closing lesson of the DARE program was when Officer McCarty
brought the DARE car so the kids could see it “up close and personal”.