DARE students are winners in contest

Two Coon Rapids elementary school students placed in the Minnesota D.A.R.E., Inc. 2013 poster contest.

Mariam Abdulkareem from Adams Elementary School was second, while Taylor Peterson from Hoover Elementary School was 14th. Both are fifth-graders.

This year’s theme was “Safe, Healthy and Responsible Choices.”

The contest was open to fifth- or sixth-grade D.A.R.E. students statewide.

Minnesota D.A.R.E., Inc. received hundreds of entries from around Minnesota.

Mariam and Taylor will receive special D.A.R.E. prizes. Their posters will be framed and put on display at D.A.R.E. events throughout the state.

Minnesota D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a prevention and education program that advocates and educates for healthy and safe children.

D.A.R.E. serves young people and their families teaching the skills to make positive decisions, provides education on safe and healthy lifestyles and gives the tools to enable them to resist engaging in negative and violent behaviors.