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May 09 10:45 AM

900 to graduate D.A.R.E. in Bossier Parish

Nine hundred Bossier 5 th 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 confidencebuilding and coping skills.

Graduation for students were held this past week at the following: • May 5, Curtis Elementary • May 6, Stockwell Place Elementary • May 6, Waller Elementary, • May 8, Kerr Elementary • May 8, Legacy Elementary • May 9, W.T. Lewis Elementary “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.” — Sheriff Whittington

Graduations will take place next week at the following schools in Bossier Parish:” • 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.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington congratulates a D.A.R.E. graduate Monday afternoon at Curtis Elementary School in Bossier City in which 242 fifth-graders were honored with their graduation certificates. Nine hundred students will graduate from the D.A.R.E. program from May 5 – 20 at eight elementary schools in Bossier Parish. Deputies with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office serve as instructors for the D.A.R.E. program throughout all elementary and middle schools in Bossier Parish. Photos by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff’s Office.

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