Rector Elementary DARE Graduation Held
Sixth graders at Rector Elementary School celebrated the completion of the DARE program with a special graduation event at the RES multi-purpose building Thursday evening. The graduation served as the culmination of a 10-week program conducted by Clay County Sheriff's Department DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer Chris King.
"Working with the students on the DARE program is one of the most rewarding things I've ever been able to do," King said. "When we're going over the lessons and the students are excited about taking those steps to avoid abusing drugs and alcohol in their lives, it make you feel good not only as a law enforcement officer, but also as a parent."
The students cleverly decorated individual boxes, in which they placed anonymous questions about drugs, as well as bulletin boards, banners and door decorations, all judged by teachers.
As part of the program, the students learned about the different types of drugs and what abusing drugs can do to a person's health, as well as the legal ramifications.
"Usually, there's a path to drug abuse," King said. "It doesn't just happen overnight. With DARE, we try to keep students from ever getting on that path."
Each student wrote an essay detailing what they learned from the program. The overall essay winner was Britney Bowers of Mrs. Susie McCarroll's class. Britney received her very own DAREN the Lion, the mascot for the program. Gabi Clark of Mrs. Homes' class and Shianne Rients of Mrs. McCarroll's class were also named winners in the contest. Mrs. McCarroll's class was recognized as the top class for the event.
"The DARE program has a special place in our hearts," RES principal Nate Henderson said. "We want our students to have the best lives they possibly can, and by remembering the lessons they learned in the DARE program, they can take steps in the right direction to do just that. On behalf of the RES faculty and the community, I would like to thank Officer King and the Clay County Sheriff's Department for their efforts."