Students Complete DARE Program

Students Complete DARE Program
Posted on 04/11/2019
DARE graduation

Storm Lake St. Mary’s School sixth and seventh grade students celebrated their culmination from the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program April 10 through the Storm Lake Public Safety Department. The students completed coursework with School Resource Officer Keegan Svendsen through the several weeks prior, learning how to make good choices.

     Storm Lake Middle School Principal and longtime Air National Guard member Jaymie Bral was the guest speaker for the program.  Bral explained how making good choices like not using drugs and alcohol helped him succeed in athletics, college and the military. He encouraged the students to make good choices so that their futures would include a wide variety of possibilities.

            DARE essay winners were Harley Doyel and Claudia Tapia. Poster winners were Avery Smith and Lillian Dahlhauser.

            Knights of Columbus representative Rob Smith presented a check for $1,457 to SRO Svendsen for the DARE program expenses from the omelet breakfast proceeds. The students and their parents enjoyed a lunch donated by Burger King and McDonald’s after the program.

            Enrollment at St. Mary’s School for the 2019-20 school year is open. Catholic and non-Catholic students are accepted – approximately 20 percent of our preK-12 students are not Catholic. There are tuition scholarships available for all ages and nearly 98 percent of our students receive scholarships.  For more information, contact the school at 712-732-4166 or check us out at and click on the school tab.

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