Fifth graders complete D.A.R.E. Program as Chief Mike Halse completes 25 years with the program

These fifth grade D.A.R.E. graduates received the awards for the best posters and essays. Pictured above (l to r): Dylan Navarro Espinoza (essay); Martha Florian (essay); Jesus Loera (poster); Karl Peters (essay); McKinley Burns (poster); and Yazmin Lopez-Jochola (poster).

Fifth graders at Postville Community Schools have been participating in the D.A.R.E. (Drugs, Alcohol, Resistance Education) program for nearly 30 years.

Although the first few classes were taught by then Sheriff Tim Heiderscheidt, Postville Police Chief Mike Halse, who is retiring at the end of this month, has been teaching the classes since 1995. 

Halse said, “I was hired as the Postville Chief in 1990 and took the D.A.R.E. Instructor’s class in 1994. I feel it has been a very good program for our young people as I  have taught both fifth and seventh grade classes for many years. The curriculum has changed through the years to include lessons on Meth and E-Cigarettes to name a few drugs that have become a major issue in recent years.”

Read the full article in the May 15 edition of the Postville Herald.