Saying no to drugs

One hundred thirty-three fifth grade students were honored Tuesday night at Prem Sahai Auditorium as they graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education – D.A.R. E. program.

The instructor, Sgt. Ed Wardell of the Webster City Police Department, welcomed the students, teachers and families and explained about the program. Five fifth grade classes from Webster City Middle School and one class from St. Thomas Aquinas School took part in the training.

Guest speakers for the night were Pat Powers, news director at KQWC Radio, and Glenn Tjaden of the Webster City Noon Kiwanis Club. The Noon Kiwanis Club is the sole sponsor of the program, providing materials, t-shirts and other items for the students, according to Wardell.

As part of the D.A.R.E. training, students wrote essays about what they had learned from the course and how they will apply it in their own lives. One student from each class was selected to read their essay at the graduation ceremony. Elianne Zaragoza, Tyler Olson, Camaira Obrecht, Jack Van Diest, Madison Pingel and Leah Kasch read their essays to the audience. Each was rewarded with a stuffed Daren-the-Lion and a medal.

Following the essays, all of the participants present were awarded certificates of completion and some prizes for their efforts.