2017-06-22 / Front Page

Pulling for Each Other

It was a day of team-building and friendly competition on the lawn outside the Newport Public Library as Thompson Middle School fifth-graders celebrated the completion of the 10-week D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program on Wednesday, June 21. The course, which is taught by Newport police officers, was originally designed to complement national drug and alcohol awareness programs, when it first began in the Newport public schools two decades ago. The course has since evolved to include current-day challenges, such as cyber-bullying, healthy decision-making principles, and how to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence. The Newport Police Department was the first in the state to implement a community policing unit in 1989 and has since received national acclaim for its programming. Pictured is Reece Fedrizzi as she and her classmates pull themselves to final victory with the tug-of-war contest. Congratulations to Mr. Taylor's class! (Photo by Olga Enger)

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