More than 900 5th graders will graduate from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program at eight elementary schools throughout Bossier Parish.
Carrie Martin Elementary in Plain Dealing graduated 30 students in early November. Legacy and Kingston Elementary graduated 210 during their D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony last week.
The D.A.R.E program is a semester-long curriculum taught by Sheriff’s deputies that emphasizes good decision skills for young people in order to avoid bullying, drugs, violence and other harmful behaviors. Students are also taught confidence-building and coping skills.
Graduations set for the rest of the month are as follows:
- Dec. 14, Kerr Elementary, 9 a.m.
- Dec. 15, Waller Elementary, 8:30 a.m.
- Dec. 16, Benton Elementary, 9 a.m.
- Jan. 11, Plantation Park Elementary, 1 p.m.
“As a former D.A.R.E. instructor and mentor, law enforcement officer of nearly three decades and father of two, I’ve seen first-hand the impact that bad decisions have on our young people,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. “D.A.R.E. instruction continues to be one of the most productive programs aimed at teaching our children how to make good choices in order set the groundwork for productive lives.”