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RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Seven hundred DeKalb County Schools students graduated Wednesday, but not from one grade to the next. They graduated from the D.A.R.E. program.

“It’s a program we do in the county school system,” explained DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tony Bartley, “It’s a collaborative effort between the Sheriff’s Department, the County Commission, and the School Board to allow uniformed officers to go into each classroom, fifth grade, and talk about the dangers of drug abuse, bad decisions, and bullying.”

Wednesday’s graduation marked the biggest D.A.R.E. graduation to date – 700 kids. System leaders, local and state officials, and law enforcement spoke to the packed room of students. The kids also participated in an essay and poster contest as part of the program held every year.

The deputies who are in the schools every day say they hope what they’re teaching the kids sticks with them. “It’s more of a feeling you know, when you reach somebody, when you help them make good decisions, you know you’ve helped save a future,” Bartley said, “We’ve got a drug problem everywhere in the state, and I’m a firm believer if it helps one child avoid those pitfalls, it’s money well spent.”

Usually, a graduation means an end, but here, deputies say it’s the beginning of making conscious good choices.

From WHNT News 19

Award Nominations for the 2020 D.A.R.E. Awards

Award Nominations for the 2020 D.A.R.E. Awards

D.A.R.E. America is accepting nominations for the 2020 Awards:

  • D.A.R.E. Law Enforcement Executive of the Year, 
  • Daryl F. Gates D.A.R.E. Lifetime Achievement, 
  • D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year, and
  • D.A.R.E. Educator of the Year. 

Recipients of these prestigious awards…

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130 Students D.A.R.E. to be Drug Free

130 Students D.A.R.E. to be Drug Free

. . . 130 students from two Barnwell County schools took the “dare” to be drug free. Following 10 weeks of classes, 73 fifth and sixth graders from Macedonia Elementary-Middle School in Blackville and 57 fifth graders from Kelly Edwards Elementary School in Williston...

Maiden 5th Graders Celebrate D.A.R.E. Graduation

Maiden 5th Graders Celebrate D.A.R.E. Graduation

Maiden Elementary fifth-grade students look over their D.A.R.E. certificates during a ceremony on Friday afternoon. Maiden Elementary School held a graduation ceremony Friday afternoon for 75 fifth-grade students who completed the D.A.R.E. program this year. “D.A.R.E....

Andrea Cook Receives Lifetime D.A.R.E. Graduate Award

Andrea Cook Receives Lifetime D.A.R.E. Graduate Award

"I am humbled and flattered to receive the D.A.R.E. Lifetime Graduate Award. Safety and making good decisions will follow through with our students for their entire lives. Good decision making results in positive self-esteem and an attitude (with the) ability to make...

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