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Elmwood and John Mills graduate 2023-24 D.A.R.E. programs

Students hold up their D.A.R.E. certificates
Sam Britten, Marketing & Publishing Specialist

EPCUSD 401 has now graduated both of its 2023-24 Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) classes. Elmwood Elementary School held its ceremony honoring the fifth grade students who participated in the program on May 10. John Mills Elementary School held its ceremony last December.

Students in the program attend several lessons where they learn about the dangers of alcohol, drugs and how to respond to difficult situations. 

“We are very fortunate here in Elmwood Park to have village and district leadership that appreciate the benefits of having a D.A.R.E. program and the positive effect it can have on our students and community,” says EPCUSD 401 School Resource Officer Vic Piermattei.

During their ceremonies, guests of honor gave speeches congratulating the classes for all their hard work. Students also participated in an essay contest and the winners read their writing at the assembly. After speeches, students received a D.A.R.E. t-shirt and certificate. 

“To all the students, I congratulate you on your accomplishment and encourage all of you to keep making good choices,” said Elmwood Park Chief of Police Andrew Hock. 

Congratulations to the 2023-24 D.A.R.E. graduates!

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