County's fifth graders celebrate DARE day

BLACKFOOT – The annual D.A.R.E. Day celebration brought nearly 900 fifth graders to the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds Tuesday. From Shelley to Aberdeen, and every school in between, students celebrated completion of the D.A.R.E. program outdoors with food, dancing, and fun.
Sergeant Craig Luker from the Bingham County Sheriff's Office spends the school year in fifth grade classrooms throughout Bingham County teaching D.A.R.E. curriculum. He says "it is not an easy job -- I can be in anywhere from one to six classes a day and sometimes at schools as much as 50 miles apart."
D.A.R.E. Day is part of the reward for the hard work.
"This is a great opportunity for the Sheriff's Office to interact with students one on one," said Luker. "I think it's great for the kids to see this many other students here. It helps them to see that they are not the only one promising to stay drug free."
Leadership classes from Snake River and Blackfoot High Schools along with Peer Leaders from Shelley High School were on hand as D.A.R.E. Role Models helping man the stations and reinforce the drug free message to younger students.
"I really have to commend the school districts," said Luker. "The D.A.R.E. program is worthwhile and I am happy to see the school districts recognize this and find ways to make it happen for the students."