Harvest Ridge Students Step Up for Their D.A.R.E. Officer

Posted on 05/15/2017
Harvest Ridge Students Step Up for Their D.A.R.E. Officer

Saying “thank you” just wasn’t enough for the fourth and fifth grade students at Harvest Ridge to show their appreciation for D.A.R.E. Officer Susan Shields. So on Friday, April 28, Harvest Ridge hosted the “Stepping Up, Stepping Out Dance” to raise money for Responder Rescue, in honor of Officer Shields’ efforts to help prevent the use of controlled substances in the District and the community. The fundraising goal of the event was $150, but the efforts of Harvest Ridge students and staff helped raise four times that amount, a total of $600 for the organization.

Responder Rescue is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2009, that provides emotional, tangible, or monetary assistance to any first responders who have become ill, injured, or suffered from a traumatic situation.

“We’re tremendously proud of our students and staff for stepping out! We wouldn’t have overcome our goal if it had not been for them,” said Educational Support Counselor Linda Murphy. “Not only did we meet our goal, but our students and staff had an amazing time dancing, and participating in the limbo contest. We’re really looking forward to planning this event again next year!”

Thanks to all of the students, staff, and families that participated to give back to the community’s first responders.

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