Jewett City Resident State Police Trooper Chittick Graduates His First Class From New DARE Program

This article was published on: 06/21/16 6:32 PM by Mike Minarsky

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Griswold, CT June 21, 2016: Over 130 Griswold Middle School 5th grade students graduated from the newly re-instated DARE program on June 10th. Jewett City Resident State Trooper, Adam Chittick, and the Griswold Partnership to Reduce the Influence of Drugs for Everyone worked together to get the needed funding to implement the drug prevention program, after a 10 year absence.

DARE Officer, Adam Chittick, led the ceremony, which included congratulations from Griswold First Selectman, Kevin Skulczyck and Jewett City Borough Warden, John Connelly. Graduates displayed their knowledge and new skills by reading essays and performing skits that exemplified their decision making and drug refusal skills.

Following the graduation ceremony, students and staff were invited outside for cake, and a K9 demonstration by Trooper Zmayefski and K9 partner, Peruan, which fully captured the attention of the students. Trooper Zmayefski explained how the K9 performs his job, and then completed several drills to show them. Students’ favorite part, judging from the smiles and laughter, was when Officer Chittick participated in the apprehension drill, in which he was the “bait” for K9 Peruan.

As this school year ends, PRIDE and Trooper Chittick are already working on sustaining the DARE program for next year and years to come. PRIDE Coordinator, Miranda Nagle, stated, “The DARE graduation exemplifies the mission of PRIDE, to work together to create a drug free community. We overcame a few obstacles to get the needed funding to re-implement the program. But I think the success of today, with graduation and the collaboration, will speak for itself, and will motivate others to help sustain this very important program for our youth.”

“I am extremely proud of all that these kids have accomplished and I am honored to call them my first DARE class. I feel that it’s imperative that we continue this program especially since there is no longer a school resource officer in the school district. The DARE program is instrumental in providing the youths in our community the tools they need to make educated and informed decisions now and throughout their lives. I look forward to the future success of this program.”

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