JAY – Jay Middle School sixth and seventh grades graduated from the DARE program recently.

The sixth-graders had a dance and pizza party prior to the graduation on May 4. Jay Reserve Police Officer Maurice Drouin was the DJ. Jay Citizens for DARE Committee Chairwoman Linda Desjardins and Police Chief Larry White Sr. assisted Officer Roderick Small with the graduation. The guest speaker was MDEA Agent Vern Stevens.

Many parents attended. All students received T-shirts and certificates.

The winning essay awards went to Marlee Dubord, Courtney Webster, Jacob Lord and Shauni Flagg. The mascot, a stuffed lion named Daren, was awarded to Jennifer Tardif.

The seventh grade completed the DARE program on May 13. They also had a pizza party. Certificates and T-shirts were presented to all students.

Four awards for exceptional participation during the 10-week program were presented to Jordan DeMillo, Beth Bibeau, Eliza Gemelli and Jared Ouellette.

It is the goal of the Jay Police Department to do all it can to protect and educate the children of the community against the harmful effects of illegal drugs. Small said he really enjoyed his first year of instructing DARE in the school system.

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