Buffalo's Clear Creek School hosted an assembly Wednesday for their fifth-graders to recognize and congratulate them on completing the Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E., Program.
According to the D.A.R.E. website, the program is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons taught from kindergarten through 12th grade, that teaches students about drug prevention and good decision making skills to help them avoid high-risk behavior so they grow up healthy, safe and secure.
Buffalo Police Officer John Manzella explains and praises the program.
The Buffalo program is a cooperative effort between the Buffalo police Department, the school district and the Community Resource Center.
Manzella said the program is successful, and in his time involved with it, he has seen it works with the students.
The kids were awarded certificates of completion, t-shirts and other goodies and were congratulated by city councilman Bill Hawley, Buffalo Police Chief Mike Chapman, sergeant Jason Carder and police officers Manzella and Angie Lloyd, who teach the program.