800 New Brunswick Students Say “No” to Drugs and Alcohol, Yes To D.A.R.E.

Another class of New Brunswick students have successfully completed the City’s D.A.R.E. program, pledging to live their lives free of the negative influences of drugs and alcohol.

Nearly 800 fifth graders in New Brunswick Public Schools graduated from the D.A.R.E. program on May 25, 2017.

D.A.R.E. (Drugs Abuse Resistance Education), a national program that engages elementary-age students in learning how to say no to drugs, alcohol and harmful behavior, has been a staple in the City since 1991. Thousands of students have successfully completed this important program, which promotes positive life choices among our fifth grade students.

Members of Mrs. Miller’s fifth grade class pose for a photo with NBPD officers Det. Danny Gallardo, Officer Eddie Bobadilla and Det. Harry Hudson during the DARE graduation ceremony on May 25.

New Brunswick Police Department Officers Lt. Raymond Trigg, Det. Harry Hudson,  Det. Danny Gallardo and Officer Eddie Bobadilla spent the semester in classrooms City-wide, speaking with students about the negative repercussions associated with these behaviors as well as ways to make positive choices. Students also completed community service projects, such as working with the local 5 Loaves Food Pantry and having a bake sale to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

“Each of you should be proud to add your name to the New Brunswick D.A.R.E. tradition,” said Mayor Jim Cahill, in his address to the students. “Thank you, not only for your hard work and determination this semester, but for your decision to do what is right.”

As a reward for their successful completion of the program, the nearly 800 students were treated to a bowling alley trip immediately following the ceremony and D.A.R.E. t-shirts. A party will be held for them at the Kendall Park roller skating rink over Memorial Day weekend, all funded by donations from New Brunswick PBA Local 23.

Det. Danny Gallardo (left) and Det. Harry Hudson (right) pose for a photo with Lord Stirling Community School’s D.A.R.E. box during the May 25, 2017 graduation ceremony.

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