For the past 12 weeks the fourth- through sixth-graders at St. Joseph Catholic School in Pilot Grove participated in the DARE program sponsored by the Cooper County Sheriff's Department. The program, led by Officer Amanda Blank, taught students several ways to deal with bullying, peer pressure and how to avoid the use of drugs and alcohol in the future.
At the end of the program the students were asked to write an essay describing what they learned. The top three essays received special recognition. Students who placed were Adrianna Day, first; Maci Twenter, second; and Samarah Bailey, third.