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January 23, 2001

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The Fresno Police Department?s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program has been invited by Chevy?s Restaurant, 7634 N. Blackstone, to celebrate and recognize outstanding DARE students. Gary Rickles, Chevy?s District Manager, has reserved Wednesday, January 24, 2001, at 11:30 a.m., to acknowledge the DARE essay winners from each DARE graduating class with a luncheon, a tour of the restaurant, and a Chevy?s certificate. Additionally, Edwards 21 Theatres and Camelot Park will provide passes to the winners. The Army National Guard will be on hand with a Cobra Helicopter to allow students an opportunity to take a photo with the helicopter. Chief Ed Winchester will be in attendance along with 40 students, one administrator from each school, and the DARE officers to enjoy the graduation celebration. Sgt. Don Gross, Youth and Community Services supervisor, said, ?It is our hope this positive event honoring good kids will encourage other similar partnerships between the Fresno Police DARE program and the Fresno business community.? News media are encouraged to attend to show their support for the children of our community involved in positive activities. Contact Person: DARE Instructor Jim Gustafson, 498-1296

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