RUMFORD – Ninety-five Drug Abuse Resistance Education students at Meroby and Rumford elementary schools will graduate during a celebration ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Muskie Auditorium at Mountain Valley High School.

The DARE program, which is taught by Rumford police Cpl. Doug Maifeld and Sgt. Tracey Higley, educates SAD 43 fifth-grade students about the dangers of drugs and violence.

“Ninety-five graduates is higher than we had last year, but I think we’ll have well over 100 next year, since it’s a larger class,” Maifeld said Wednesday morning at the police station.

The celebration marks the 21st year Rumford police have taught DARE classes in the area.

Maifeld said this year’s guest speaker is WGME Channel 13 news anchor Doug Rafferty, a former police officer who frequently teaches Maine Criminal Justice Academy recruits about police-media relations.


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