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Students DARE to graduate

Sophia Holt, D.A.R.E. graduate, and Dep. Lane Tuggle, D.A.R.E. instructor, lead in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Nine hundred Bossier 5th graders will graduate from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program at eight elementary schools throughout Bossier Parish May 5–20.

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.

Graduation for 900 students are as follows:

  • May 5, Curtis Elementary, 1 p.m.
  • May 6, Stockwell Place Elementary, 9 a.m.
  • May 6, Waller Elementary, noon
  • May 8, Kerr Elementary, 9 a.m.
  • May 8, Legacy Elementary, 1 p.m.
  • May 9, W.T. Lewis Elementary, 9:30 a.m.
  • May 14, Princeton Elementary, 1 p.m.
  • May 20, Apollo Elementary, 10 a.m.

“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 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.”

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