zamzam abdalrahmanZamzam Abdalrahman, a fifth-grader at Palmer Lake Elementary, is a top 10 finalist in the “D.A.R.E. to be a Leader” essay contest, sponsored by Minnesota D.A.R.E. and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The contest was open to fifth and sixth grade students statewide.

The winning entries of Abdalrahman and the nine other finalists are on display at the Minnesota State Capitol during the week of April 17. The essays will also be posted on Minnesota D.A.R.E.’s website under the “Kids Blog” section, and on the organization’s Facebook page.

Minnesota D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a prevention and education program that advocates for healthy and safe children. D.A.R.E. teaches youth the skills necessary to make positive decisions, provides education on safe and healthy lifestyles, and gives students tools to resist engaging in negative and violent behaviors. More than 60,000 Minnesota students receive D.A.R.E. instruction annually.