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Students hit the bowling lanes to celebrate D.A.R.E. graduation

(Photo Courtesy/Mike Beiermeister) Students pose with D.A.R.E. officer Tim Marquardt during the 16th annual D.A.R.E. Bowl-A-Thon.

Alpena, Mich. — Fifth graders and their families from Alpena County celebrated graduation from the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program in a special way.

Children hit the bowling lanes for two hours in the 16th annual Bowl–A–Thon. Students could win bikes through a special raffle. The fifth graders from area schools enjoyed time with each other before the school year ends.

The event helps raise money for the program. Students raised funds through  family members prior to the bowling in helping continue D.A.R.E. The program encourages students to steer clear of drugs and alcohol as they grow up.

“We learned about drugs and how bad they are, and what happens when you chew or smoke,” said fifth grader Logan Nowakowski.

“I learned to stay away from drugs and just really bad things like smoking and trying to stay out of trouble,” said Alivia Schuh.