Rupert Elementary School fifth grade students participated in a ten week D.A.R.E. Program.  Officer James Yost of the Pottstown Police Department and Pottstown School District D.A.R.E. officer conducted each of the 50 minute sessions where students talked about making healthy lifestyle choices which will lead to a better life and enable students to achieve to the highest degree of their ability.

Officer Yost provided information to students regarding good nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and study skills.

At the conclusion of the ten session program, students took part in an essay writing competition.  Officer Yost read all the essays and judged the top three in each of the fifth grade participating classes.  All six essays were read aloud at a full school assembly to recognize the D.A.R.E. graduation class.  The top six essay award winners received medals in recognition of their ability to demonstration what they had learned.

Award winners in Mrs. Amanda Langdon’s class were:  Dayvia Beasley, Alexandria Olvera, and Daiyana Wilson.  Earning first place honors from her class and receiving a D.A.R.E. stuffed lion was Daiyana Wilson.

Award winners in Mrs. Deborah Wilson’s class were:  Tyler Bruton, Celicia Thorpe, and Kito Thompson.  First place winner from her class was Kito Thompson.

Every student participating in the ten week program received D.A.R.E. tee-shirts which were donated by Mr. Glenn Simms from Simms Abrasives.

"I am always excited to visit our school district’s elementary schools and present the D.A.R.E. Program to fifth grade students.  Over the years I have seen how this program has helped youngsters understand the value of making good decisions that will lead them to a better life,” noted Officer Yost.

Rupert Principal Mr. Matt Moyer expressed his gratitude for the D.A.R.E. Program.  “It is a great opportunity for our students to come in contact with one of our police department officers who serves as a role model for them and is an excellent representative of the Pottstown Police Department.”

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