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Students graduate from DARE program

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington congratulates Jheromy Metcalf, graduate of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program at Bossier City Elementary School Monday morning. Metcalf is one of 52 graduates from his school who will join 511 other 5th graders who will graduate D.A.R.E. this semester at seven Bossier schools over the next two weeks.

More than 500 fifth graders graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program at six schools this week, and another school in mid-December.

Deputies with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office teach the semester-long curriculum to the students to show them how to make wise choices regarding bullying, drugs, alcohol, violence and other decisions.

“As a former D.A.R.E. instructor and mentor, father of two and law enforcement officer of 25 years, I have seen how choices made by young people can have a long-term effect on their lives,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. “We show boys and girls that decisions have consequences, and we want them to make wise choices so they can lead productive lives.”

Graduations for 512 students were as follows:

  • Dec. 2, 9 a.m., Bossier Elementary School
  • Dec. 3, 1 p.m., Plantation Park Elementary School
  • Dec. 4, 9 a.m., Benton Elementary School
  • Dec. 4, 1 p.m., Elm Grove Elementary School
  • Dec. 5, 9 a.m., Carrie Martin Elementary School
  • Dec. 5, 1 p.m., Central Park Elementary School
  • Dec. 16, 9 a.m., Meadowview Elementary School
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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.