LAWRENCE – (July 26, 2017) – A Benton middle school student has been named the winner of this year’s state D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) essay contest, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Lucy Haller, an incoming 7th grade student at Circle Middle School, was named the winner of the statewide contest, which is coordinated by the Kansas Juvenile Officers Association. The announcement was made last week during the organization’s annual banquet in Lawrence. During the past year, Haller participated in the Butler County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. program, which culminated in writing an essay about the things she learned in the program. Haller is the daughter of Patrick and Connie Haller of rural Benton.
“The D.A.R.E. program teaches students valuable skills to resist the dangers of drugs and alcohol,” Schmidt said. “Lucy’s essay reflects the importance of this program in giving students to tools they need to succeed.”
The statewide D.A.R.E. program is coordinated by the Attorney General’s Office. More than 100 Kansas counties and communities have D.A.R.E. programs serving students in their areas. For more information on the Kansas D.A.R.E. program, and to read Haller’s winning essay, visit www.ag.ks.gov/dare.