MANOA (KHNL) - Today, 10,000 local students gathered for a big celebration of leading a drug-free life.
They enjoyed music, dances and special appearances by the Honolulu Police Department. It rewards 5th graders for learning an important lesson.
"Don't do drugs, peer pressure and how to say no," said Sharlene, a 5th grader.
"Drugs are not right to use, unless they're prescribed to you, because you can get really hurt or sick," said Gannon Quinn, 5th grader at Island Pacific Academy.
This is the 24th annual Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Day celebration. HPD organizes this event every year to recognize these public and private school kids, for completing the 10-week DARE program.
"And we break it down, we look at our choices, our options and they go through figuring out how they figure out, the problems they're going to be faced in life," said Officer Cynthia Hytry.
They show their loyalty with a pledge.
This day isn't just a reward for the students, but also, for those who work with them.
"I just love kids and I love what I'm doing and to work with them and for me, it's a privilege to work with them, each and every day," said Hytry.
"You should join DARE. Hi mom!" said Quinn.