Officer Kathy Kelly received a prestigious honor of her own this May during the fifth-grade Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) graduation.
Kelly, who has been a police officer for 27 years and a DARE officer for 21 years, was recognized in front of students and their families as Principal Craig Hamby announced that Kelly has been named the 2012 National DARE Officer of the Year.
Kelly is the DARE officer for both Sappington and .
“DARE is about building friendships, and learning about peer pressure, bullying, and the dangers of drugs and alcohol,” she said. “Students also learn about how to make the right choices.”
Nationwide, 75 percent of public schools participate in the DARE program, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.