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5th Graders Graduate from DARE Program



(June 7, 2017) The DARE program, sponsored by the Columbia County Sheriff's Department, celebrated 26 years at Ichabod Crane with the DARE Graduation on Friday, June 2. The D.A.R.E program, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is a 10-week classroom program taught by Deputy Wendy Guntert.

Ichabod Crane Elementary fifth graders received Certificates for completion of the "Keepin' It REAL" program. The DARE program features the DARE Decision Making Model, a guide to help students to make safe and responsible life choices. Timely topics include Communication Styles, Signs of Stress, Responding to Pressure, and Responsibly Reporting Bullying.

The ceremony began with the following class representatives leading the Pledge of Allegiance: Trevor Barrett, Robert Hunter, Jack Mullins, Marie Rivenburg, Gabriella Rivera, Hailey VanAllen-Hamm, Carien Zietsman.

The program was student led by Giana Lentz, Tyler VanAllen, Blaise Perez, Mikaela Scully, Ava Heffner, Kyle Danforth and Liliana Heartquist.

The students were joined on the stage by Superintendent George Zini, Elementary Principal Tim Farley and Assistant Principal Anthony Marturano, Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett, Mr. Leo Buell of the Kinderhook Elks Lodge and several law enforcement officials.

During the ceremony, Ms. Khondker ed the students through two songs "Watch As We Walk" and the "DARE Song."

Each student was asked to take everything they have learned and write an essay about their commitment to making safe and responsible decisions. The following class winners for top essays were recognized:

  • Mrs. Bell’s class: Isabella Scott
  • Mrs. Bifano’s class: Nick Creater
  • Ms. Bolstad and Ms. Hamm’s class: Sophia Barmen
  • Mrs. Carey’s class: Carien Zietsman
  • Mr. Dingee’s class: Jack Mullins
  • Mrs. Jermain and Mrs. Wheeler’s class: Ethan Kowalski
  • Mr. Soulia’s class: Ariana Melanson

The 5th grade classes were also asked to complete their DARE planners on a weekly basis. Those students with the most complete and high quality planners were recognized. The following are the class winners for top planners:

  • Mrs. Bell’s class: Lauren Haggerty, Mallory Herber, Theia Nearywood, Calan Smith, Kyle Bartlett
    Mrs. Bifano’s class: Keneisha Koonce, Aidan Swanson
  • Ms. Bolstad and Ms. Hamm’s class: Emmet Fancher, Payton Minbiole, Summer Reinoehl, Tyler Ringwood, Itzel Gomez
  • Mrs. Carey’s class: Lily Canuteson, Hayden Dunspaugh, Zion Evans, David Oldrich, Tyler VanAllen
  • Mr. Dingee’s class: Tristan Schmidt, Elysia Tipple, Loren Johnson, Brandon Roberts, Spencer Campion
  • Mrs. Jermain and Mrs. Wheeler’s class: Trevor Barrett, Mark Costanzo, Elizabeth Calcagno, Ronald Pinkowski, Makayla Walsh
  • Mr. Soulia’s class: Robert Hunter, Olivia Dandridge, Kristanna Samascott, Anna Siter, Gianna Shallo

Students also made a special presenation to Deputy Guntert. Presenting to Deputy Guntert were James Abrams, Maya Brennan, Hector Loyola, David Oldrich, Devlynn Rose, Vanessa Vick and Darrick Williams.

The Kinderhook Elks provided a BBQ after the ceremony. Graduates will also have fun at the "DARE Beach Party."

DARE  graduation

 

Ms. Bifano's class

Mrs. Bifano's class

Mrs. Bell's class

Mrs. Bell's class

Ms. Bolstad's class

Ms. Bolstad's class

Ms. Carey's class

Ms. Carey's class

Mr. Dingee's class

Mr. Dingee's class

 

Ms. Jermain's class

Mrs. Jermain and Mrs. Wheeler's class

Mr. Soulia's class

Mr. Soulia's class

 

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