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Valley Schools Cash In On Basketball Game Between Dare Officers, Football Players


Spokane area junior high and middle schools will be sharing the money raised by this month’s basketball game between sheriff’s DARE officers and the San Francisco 49ers.

The game raised about $4,000 for the schools’ Hi-5 club, a drug and alcohol awareness group.

A crowd of about 1,400 people attended the game at West Valley High School on April 14.

“The DARE officers were very gracious and they let the 49ers win,” said Karl Ota, assistant principal at Evergreen Junior High. The score was 89-87.

Joining the DARE team were Washington State Patrol trooper Terry Van Weerdhuizen and Cassandra McCarthy, a Centennial Middle School teacher.

Proceeds will go to 12 schools in Central Valley, East Valley, West Valley, Deer Park and Spokane School districts.

Hi-5 members have pledged to abstain from alcohol and drugs.

The money will help pay for a spring conference for about 250 students on May 4, which will offer different seminars on conflict management, drugs and alcohol and self esteem.

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