Six Okaw Valley 5th graders dared fellow students to purchase goodies to raise funds for the Shelby County DARE program.
Ciera Perry, Danae Nave, and Delaney Johnson spearheaded the idea. They were joined by Wyatt Daniels, Julia Hildebrandt and Emma Minard in their efforts.
“We split up what we made,” said Ciera Perry. “We made rock candy, dirt cups, cupcakes, and cookies.”
The students sold the items before school, after school, and during lunch for $1 each. In three weeks they raised $100.
“It was their idea 100 percent,” said teacher Lou Maxedon. “They did all the work.”
“They wanted to give back and it just touched me,” said DARE teacher Shelby County Deputy Debbie Weiland, aka Officer Debbie.
“I would like to say how much I appreciate the Okaw Valley 5th grade DARE student’s thoughtfulness in having a fundraiser and contributing the proceeds to the DARE program,” said Sheriff Michael Miller. “These students are living the examples being taught in the DARE program which indicates to me the program is working. This money will be placed into the DARE fund which will be used to provide handouts and supplies to the students. The DARE program is funded by donations provided by local businesses and citizens. No tax dollars are used to support the program.”