By David Swartz
Five Estherville Lincoln Central fifth-grade classes cross the state at Roosevelt Auditorium Tuesday evening to receive their D.A.R.E. graduation certificates.
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) started in Los Angeles in 1983 and is now in 75 percent of the school districts around the country. And for Estherville Police Department office Nate Dunlavy, it's one of the best parts of his job - a time when he can talk to kids about making healthy decisions.
Among the other speakers at the graduation was Jody Monroe, one of the leaders of Emmet County MOCSY (Making Optimal Changes for Successful Youth).
"We are working to reduce a decrease underage drinking in Emmet county," Monroe said.
Officer Matt Reineke also showed some of the skills of K-9 Officer Max.
"Max works for one thing only, a ball on a rope," said Reineke, adding that Max was trained in Liberty, Tenn.
Asked if Max does tricks, Reineke said with a smile, "He only finds drugs."
D.A.R.E. essay winners were Kiania Manning, Emeliano Morales, Clay Hanson, Vivian Rembold and Jacqueline Garcia with overall winner Faith Wolcott.