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Plum City DARE grads show disfavor with chemicals, violence

A poster was explained by Plum City Elementary School fifth-graders for the DARE graduation audience. Photo by Bill Kirk

PLUM CITY -- Twenty fifth-graders showed they're ready to reject drugs, alcohol, tobacco and violence when they participated in graduation from Plum City Elementary School's Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program Wednesday.

Wearing matching red shirts, the students in Mr. Radle's class performed skits, explained posters and accepted awards in front of an audience comprised mostly of their friends and families. They received certificates verifying completion of the 10-week program from area officials, including representatives of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, county government and school faculty.

Sheriff's Deputy Steve Albarado, DARE Officer for the county, said the graders met with him weekly for 45 minutes on Wednesdays beginning last October. He described their first session as "the busiest," with workbooks distributed and folders prepared. The class was also given a "DARE box."

"They were encouraged to put questions in the box during the week and we answered them," Albarado said, adding, "we discussed them in class and that led to some interesting stories."

The students learned the harmful effects of tobacco, marijuana and alcohol, along with peer pressure, he said. They were directed how to avoid drugs, gangs and violence. The support they got from their families and educators at school was important to the effort.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Jan. 28.