6th Graders Honored at Special Graduation

May 23, 2018


The 6th grade class at the Carthage Intermediate Center graduated tonight.

Not from Middle School.. but from the Carthage D.A.R.E. program.

The kids have spend the last 12 weeks learning about the dangers of drug and substance abuse, and how to make responsible life choices.

Tonight, they got to celebrate their hard work with an all out graduation ceremony.. complete with guest speakers and diplomas.

Jeff Fries, the Carthage D.A.R.E. Officer, says that the graduation ceremony helps the students celebrate their accomplishment, and helps them remember what they’ve learned as they make the next step to junior high.

Fries also says that getting their parents involved can make a positive impact on the students.

He says, “It’s very rewarding for them to see that positive community involvement. Having the parents come out and support them and their families is really important.”

Lainey Comer, a 6th grader at Carthage Intermediate Center, says that she is excited to show her friends what she learned.

She says, “I’m glad that we got to do what we got to learn and I’m super excited to be able to show everybody that I completed this activity.”

The entire 6th grade class – over 300 students – took part in this years D.A.R.E. program.

From Fox 14 News

Taking a Stand Against Drug Abuse

Apr 13, 2018

Maryville Public Safety Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Officer Ian Myers, left, and Sgt. Rick Smail, right, who administers the D.A.R.E. program in rural schools for the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office, are pictured beside some of the donated merchandise offered for sale during Saturday’s 26th annual D.A.R.E. auction in the St. Gregory’s School gymnasium.

Shown at center is the anti-drug program’s mascot, Daren the D.A.R.E. Lion.

This was the second year the auction, which was expected to raise about $13,000, has benefitted both the county and municipal D.A.R.E. programs, which serve a total of nearly 2,000 elementary and middle school students in Maryville, Nodaway County and the Stanberry R-II School District in Gentry County.

The pulled pork dinner prepared by Mike Casteel & Phil Smail Barbecue also included side dishes donated by the local KFC restaurant and desserts and beverages donated by the Maryville Hy-Vee supermarket.

In addition to a silent auction running throughout the event, a live auction was held with auctioneering services donated by the Younger Auction Co.

From The Maryville Forum