When Orange County’s District Attorney, David Hoovler asked
Montgomery Elementary School’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education’s (DARE)
graduating class who coined the slogan “Just Say No,” he was surprised to hear
a young voice call out, “Nancy Reagan.” Fifth-grade student Anna Berenson got
the answer correct, and unknowingly earned herself and her classmates a pizza
Mr. Hoovler was so impressed by the answer that he and
Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, promised the students a pizza party to
celebrate their enthusiasm for the program. On May 26, Mr. Hoovler and Mr.
Neuhaus, alongside Montgomery Village Police Chief Steve Walsh, DARE police
officer Jack Smith, and Montgomery Mayor/Chair of County Legislature Stephen
Brescia delivered (no pun intended) on that promise, and the fifth-grade class
enjoyed a pizza party in the school’s cafeteria.
“My favorite part of DARE is Officer Jack,” Anna said. “He’s
funny, he’s nice and he teaches you to say ‘no’ and stand up for yourself.”
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