RUMFORD — Fifth-graders from schools in the region will graduate at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, from the Rumford Police Department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, police Sgt. Doug Maifeld said Wednesday.

The graduation will take place in the auditorium of Mountain Valley Middle School in Mexico, and will feature students from Rumford Elementary School, Meroby Elementary School in Mexico and Holy Savior School in Rumford.

“We were forced to change the location of the graduation from the high school to the middle school due to the problems that the high school is having with their roof,” Maifeld said.

Olympic skier and Maine resident Julie Parisien will be the guest speaker, Maifeld said.

The DARE program aims to help fifth-grade students in recognizing and fighting against the dangers of drugs, bullying and violence, Maifeld said.

He said this is his 21st year participating in the DARE program, and the town’s 26th year supporting it.

“About five or six years ago, I received an e-mail from a girl who had gone through the DARE program when she was in fifth grade,” Maifeld said. “She told me that she wanted to let me know that the things she learned through the program kept her drug- and smoke-free throughout school. It’s always nice to hear those stories.”

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