MORRIS – Immaculate Conception School and the Morris Police Department held the fifth-grade D.A.R.E. Graduation ceremony at Immaculate Conception School recently.
Principal Kim DesLauriers welcomed all in attendance and thanked them for coming, according to a news release. DesLauriers indicated D.A.R.E. has been taught at ICS since 1988 and thanked the city of Morris and the Morris Police Department for presenting the program for so many years.
He noted the values and principles exhibited in the D.A.R.E. program are consistent with the values and principles taught at ICS.
The students participated in the 11-week program ,which focuses on teaching the students life skills that will help them make positive decisions as they grow up.
The program further stresses how being drug-free helps build a foundation for the rest of their lives.
Lt. Nicholas Doerfler of the Coal City Fire Protection District was the featured speaker. Doerfler also is a 1995 ICS graduate who was a graduate of the D.A.R.E. program while there.
He talked about the importance of making good choices throughout life and how considering the consequences of those choices has helped him become the person he is today.
Doerfler also told the graduates how important it is to be a good friend and positive influence on others.
As part of the D.A.R.E. program, each student was required to write an essay on what they learned and why they think it is important to avoid drugs and violence.
Kellianne Latta was chosen as the class representative from Rhonda Johnson’s class and read her essay as part of the graduation ceremony. She received a medal and a D.A.R.E. sports ball for her accomplishment.
Each D.A.R.E. graduate received a D.A.R.E. T-shirt, pin, and a certificate recognizing their achievement. Patrol Officer Jessica Smith, also an ICS graduate, was the instructor for the program this year.
The 2014 ICS D.A.R.E. graduates are: Emily Ammer, Damian Becerra, Emma Cook, Kennedy Dransfeldt, Shaelee Ferrari, Lydia Gile, Martin Guerrero, Molly Gustafson, Isabelle Horkey, Katelyn Jenkins, Cole Jirgl, Kyla Kjellesvik, John Landers, Kellianne Latta, Jada Less, Angel Loza, Logan McGowan, Cade Miller, Macrae Odom, Brett Ortinau, Yair Perez, Eric Peterson, Emily Reppy, Sydney Reppy, Elizabeth Resar, Sydney Sefarcyk, Catherine Steed, Gia Valentin, Emily Wilson, Zachary Zarbock and Tristen Zink.