DARE GRADUATION PROGRAM cont.
Graduation speakers included Wadena Police Chief Naomi Plautz, DARE instructor/Police Officer Nick Grabe, WDC Middle/High School Activities Director Norm Gallant, and WDC DARE coordinator/sixth-grade teacher Lori Grendahl.
Sixth-grade essay winners Montana Carsten, Hally Hamby, Amaya Walker and Matthew Wegscheid read their essays on what they learned during their DARE classes.
Sixth-graders lined up and received their certificate from Officer Grabe and congratulatory handshakes from Chief Plautz, Mr. Gallant and Wadena Elks Lodge representative Theresa Dunbar.
The program ended with Wadena County Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Wangsness and his specially trained German Shepherd, Nitro, giving an "attack" and hand-signal demonstration (with Officer Grabe being the attack victim!), as well as answering questions from students and the audience about Nitro. Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr Jr. also helped answer questions too.
Students and families enjoyed red and black (DARE colors) cupcakes and pop to celebrate their graduation.
Special thanks to the Wadena Elks Lodge for their financial contributions to the DARE program as well as Pepsi and Super One for providing refreshments for the graduation reception.
What a fantastic program for our sixth-graders! Congratulations on your graduation from DARE!