Fifth graders at Lanigan Elementary School were recently honored for their involvement in a program designed to give students the skills needed to avoid drugs, gangs and violence.
Students involved in the school’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) program were recently honored with a graduation ceremony, proving they have learned the value in saying no to drugs and violence.
The ceremony was well attended, as parents and leaders of the Fulton community stopped by to congratulate the each graduating student.
Several personnel with the Fulton Police Department also attended the ceremony, including officer Sophia Graves, who instructed the program.
“It has been an honor to have the opportunity to work with your children and I am proud of all their hard work,” Graves said. “They understand that the choices they make directly affect their own lives and the lives of those around them.”
The winners of the program’s writing contest and poster design contest were also announced during the ceremony.
The poster contest winners were students Jonathan Dingman, Courtney Bednarz and Savannah Sellin.
The winners of the writing contest were students Mary Jane Mullaney and Quinn Backenstross.
After the contest winners were announced, each student was called to the stage to receive their graduation certificates.