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Photos: Annual DARE Swim Party and BBQ

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Students lounge poolside during the DARE swim party and BBQ Monday night. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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A student goes down the pool slide. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Eighth graders from both Hasbrouck Heights Middle School and Corpus Christi were invited to the DARE party. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Students also enjoyed the swim club's swings. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Girls snacked on pretzels before the main meal. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Members of the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department grilled burgers for the students. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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A separate grill for preparing the hot dogs. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Food was prepared and served by the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department buffet style Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Boys enjoyed the BBQ. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Girls sit together and enjoy the meal. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Over 100 students attended the swim party. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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It was a physical game of pool basketball. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Girls spend time chatting at the swim party. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Boys played basketball on the renovated courts. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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It was a rapid-fire game of cornhole. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Girls played table hockey at the DARE party Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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It was a very competitive game of pool basketball Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Friends play a competitive game of ping pong. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- A dip in the pool was exactly what needed on a hot Monday night as Hasbrouck Heights Police Department hosted the annual DARE swim party and BBQ at the Hasbrouck Heights Swim Club.

Over 100 eighth grade students from Hasbrouck Heights Middle School and Corpus Christi School had the run of the renovated swim club for one night. They swam, dove, slid, and cannon-balled in the pool, played ping pong, basketball, table hockey and a cornhole. 

BBQ was prepared and served by members of the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department, including Chief Michael Colaneri, Sr., Captain Joe Rinke, Lt. Michael Colaneri, Jr., and  Detective Sergeant Alan Baker. The menu included hamburgers, hot dogs, and cheeseburgers, soda and water, and chips and pretzels, and ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

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Established in 1983, DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, and focuses on the DARE decision-making process, whose mission is "Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives,” according to the group's website. It is a weekly, in-school program led by Detective Sergeant Alan Baker who talks to the students about drugs, bullying, good decision making and problem solving.

 

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