Continuing a 30-year tradition, Dedham Police and Dedham Middle School students took to the slopes together Wednesday.
At 5:30 a.m., students arrived at the school to begin the journey north to Gunstock Mountain. Among them was Diego Pedroza, a Mexican student who arrived with his parents earlier this month.
Pedroza has never seen snow and speaks no English. School Resource Officer Ron Pucci said he was the nicest, bravest person he had ever met.
The trip began as a part of Dedham Police’s D.A.R.E. program at the schools, and has always happened during February break, according to a release sent from Dedham Police.
Police raise money for, organize, and chaperone the event. Oakdale principal Holli Armstrong and Middle School Assistant Principal Margo Frazcek joined police chaperoning the trip.
Students watched “Batman: The Dark Knight” on the bus ride up north and dined at McDonald’s that evening.
“It’s not just the smiles, but watching two kids in the morning who would never say two words to one another belly laugh together right through dinner that night,” Pucci said. “That makes my day.”