Students at two South-Central Los Angeles elementary schools were honored Monday for their participation in the DARE (Drug Awareness Resistance Education) program and presented with pairs of boxing gloves signed by Sugar Ray Leonard.
The fifth-grade students from the 93rd Street and 99th Street elementary schools were praised not only for their attendance during the 17-week program but for a rousing singing performance they gave Saturday at a DARE function in Beverly Hills.
During the event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the students from the two schools sang a spirited version of the DARE anthem, earning a standing ovation from the 900 people in attendance.
"They are amazing role models in their community," said Cynthia Hogle of DARE. "Everyone was touched by these kids. They have such good self-esteem."
Arne Rubenstein, the principal at 93rd Street Elementary, said her students were thrilled to be honored. "It really made them feel proud and special to be recognized."