902 fifth graders will graduate DARE this week

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Deputy Marie Hawn, Bossier Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. officer, presents a graduation certificate to Treazure Caldwell, 5th grader at Bossier Elementary School, during a ceremony Monday morning, while assistant principal Tina Leal and D.A.R.E. officer Judy Williams look on. D.A.R.E. officer Matt Guerrero, Capt. Doug Lauter and Capt. Danny Dison (l-r) prepare to congratulate other graduates. More than 900 Bossier Parish 5th graders will graduate D.A.R.E. over the coming two weeks. (Photo by Dep. Josh Cagle, Bossier Sheriff’s Office)

Approximately 902 Bossier Parish fifth graders will graduate from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program at nine elementary schools now through Dec. 17.      

The first graduation took place this morning for 52 students at Bossier Elementary School, and graduation ceremonies will be held for eight other schools over the next two weeks.  They are as follows:

  • Dec. 2, Central Park Elementary, 10 a.m.
  • Dec. 3, W.T. Lewis Elementary, 1 p.m.
  • Dec. 4, Plantation Park Elementary, 1 p.m.
  • Dec. 5, Waller Elementary, Noon
  • Dec. 10, Carrie Martin Elementary, 1 p.m.
  • Dec. 15, Curtis Elementary, 1 p.m.
  • Dec. 17, Apollo Elementary, 9 a.m.
  • Dec. 17, Elm Grove Elementary, 1 p.m.

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.   

“As a former D.A.R.E. instructor and mentor, law enforcement officer of 25 years and father of two, I’ve seen first-hand the impact that bad decisions have on our young people,” said 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.”