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SYSK: Deputy reaches 100th D.A.R.E. Graduation

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Winneshiek County Sheriff's Deputy Tim Felton is no stranger to D.A.R.E. graduations. Felton began teaching Drug Abuse Resistance Education in 1991.

"To me, every minute is worth it," said Deputy Felton.

For twenty years, he's taught the prevention program at five schools in Winneshiek County. He visits each school, mostly talking with sixth graders, for one hour a week.

"We're just very fortunate to have his enthusiasm, his safety concern, his care for the students in the community," said Sheriff Leon Bohr.

A graduation at Turkey Valley Elementary in Waucoma is a milestone for Deputy Felton. It's his 100th D.A.R.E. Graduation.

To commemorate the achievement, the staff and students at Turkey Valley presented Deputy Felton with a cake and quilt made from some of the past D.A.R.E. shirts.

Sixth grade teacher Dan Stephan said Deputy Felton is knowledgeable and makes a positive impact on the students.

"Kids remember him because he's got such a great personality that it sticks out when they're making decisions. They think back to what Deputy Felton taught them and what they should be doing," said Dan Stephan.

When not in the schools, the Winneshiek County Sheriff's Deputy works with the Northeast Iowa Drug Task Force. So he shares real stories and experiences in an effort to keep kids away from drugs and alcohol.

Deputy Felton said working with these students is why he's stuck with his career so long.

"I think it really has kept me motivated. I have more than 30 years, and I think by being able to do this assignment, it has kept me motivated to stay in law enforcement," said Tim Felton.

While this graduation is significant for Felton, he said it's still all about the students. He hopes they take what they learned all year and dare to say no to bad choices.

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