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Congratulations to our 6th Grade D.A.R.E. graduates

A large group of students wearing black t-shirts with the acronym "DARE" in red on their fronts stand together in a school gymnasium. All are holding certificates and looking at and smiling for the camera.
Congratulations to our sixth graders on completing the D.A.R.E. curriculum and learning about making good life decisions.

On Feb. 1, our sixth grade students were recognized for successfully completing the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) curriculum at Harry Hoag Elementary School.

Led by Fort Plain School Resource Officer and Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Manginelli, D.A.R.E. is designed to help support youth in leading safe and healthy lives free from violence, substance abuse and other dangerous behaviors.

“Making good decisions is the foundation of becoming a responsible adult,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Jeffrey T. Smith, who along with Deputy Manginelli, District Superintendent Lauren Crisman and Harry Hoag Principal Jodi Coppolo spoke at the event. “The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is proud to partner with our local school districts in providing D.A.R.E. instruction to our youth.”

“We thank the students, parents, staff and community for being part of this very important process,” Sheriff Smith continued. “Congratulations to the graduates. Take these lessons learned forward and continue to make us proud!”