Pleasant Hills sixth-grade students recognized for DARE program
Pleasant Hills Middle School held its DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) recognition program for sixth-graders in January 2018. PHMS School Resource Officer Ron Porupsky of the Pleasant Hills Police Department recently completed the 10-week program that provides students with strategies to help them stay away from drugs and alcohol by preparing them to act decisively and responsibly in difficult situations. As part of their final project, students created their own public service announcements to show what they have learned in their DARE classes. The top-ten DARE PSAs were shown at the program, and the students were recognized for their efforts with special DARE t-shirts. The PSAs are available to view on the PHMS LiveStream at: https://livestream.com/accounts/14682220/events/4335580/videos/169254611.
At the close of the program, Officer Porupsky was awarded the Regional Exceptional Service Award from the National Association of School Resource Officers. Officer Porupsky is one of just 10 officers to receive national recognition.