Select Page

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

Richmond Mom Beams with Pride after Son’s D.A.R.E. Award

Grade 5 student Matt Del Rosario (front), of Thompson elementary, was awarded the Good Citizen medal from D.A.R.E. BC, while teacher Nav Badyal (second left) was given the Teacher Appreciation award. Also pictured are Matt’s proud mom, Shelley (left) and Const. Bal...

Eastfield Students Graduate D.A.R.E.

Four classes of fifth graders at Eastfield Global Magnet School graduated the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program taught by Officer Michael Hensley. The students were on the brink of getting cupcakes and punch, and a group picture was just not in the...

D.A.R.E. Graduations Begin for Almost 1,300 Bossier Parish Students

SRO Deputy Austin Mueller Presents a Graduation Certificate at Bossier Elementary School on November 30, 2018. Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington joined Bossier Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. officers and school leadership at Bossier Elementary School to congratulate the...

Sheriff Radcliff Recognized for Dedication to D.A.R.E. Program

York County Sheriff Dale Radcliff was presented a plaque by Deputy Josh Gillespie during the recent D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony at the middle school. This was in recognition for the sheriff’s efforts to start the program here 25 years ago and his commitment to the...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Purchase D.A.R.E. Merchandise & Workbooks