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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Letter: Thanks offered to DARE?supporters

  • We are writing to publicly thank and praise several folks who make the DARE program better and make a difference in the lives of students in fifth through eighth grade throughout McPherson County and the surrounding areas.


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  • We are writing to publicly thank and praise several folks who make the DARE program better and make a difference in the lives of students in fifth through eighth grade throughout McPherson County and the surrounding areas.
    For the last 20 years, Cliff Hutts, owner of Starlite Lanes, has provided two hours of free bowling each semester to any graduate of the McPherson city and county DARE programs.
    Recently, more than 60 students took advantage of this free and fun opportunity.
    Nettie and Harold Wann host each of the DARE activities at the bowling alley. They greet students with a smile and a wave and their helpfulness ensures that each event runs without a hitch.
    Jake and Esther Schrag have provided a hay rack trailer for use as a base for the DARE float in each year’s All Schools Day parade for the same span of time.
    They have stored the trailer, maintained its condition and done without it for the month-long float building and tear down processes each year. This year about 20 students rode the float with another 300 following behind.
    Carol and Del Hueske have provided invaluable creative oversight and elbow grease to each float's inception and construction. They haul supplies, swing hammers and bring smiles to long and sweaty hours of work.
    Also, we must thank our co-workers, Sheriff's deputies and police officers, especially Travis Hawkinson, captain of the sheriff’s office reserves, who offer helping hands and constructive feedback throughout the year, but especially before, during and after All School’s Day.
    On behalf of our students, our programs and our agencies, we offer heartfelt gratitude to each of you for your help and dedication and your continued support in the future as well.
    Thank you.
    — Captain Doug Anderson, McPherson Sheriff's Office, DARE officer Executive Officer Marla “MO” Hawkinson, McPherson Police department — DARE officer

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