Dec 17, 2012 4:46 PM by Melissa Canone
44 students completed the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program at Glencoe Charter School. The fifth graders, their parents, and faculty gathered Tuesday morning in the school cafeteria for the graduation ceremony.
The 10 week long D.A.R.E. Program teaches students about the dangers of drug abuse and includes lessons on bullying and peer pressure. Graduates received certificates, pencils, stickers and other D.A.R.E. memorabilia to celebrate their accomplishments. At the end of the 10 week program, students are asked to write an essay on what they learned. Rebecca Furlow won the contest and read her essay at the graduation ceremony. K'vontrey Caesar was chosen as runner-up. Bryant Boykin received the Sheriff's Award for his outstanding enthusiasm and interest in the learning opportunities provided by D.A.R.E.
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office manages the program in 7 schools across the parish for approximately 500 students.