D.A.R.E graduation at Johnson Elementary School in Laurel County, KY

Laurel County, Ky. - Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Charlie Loomis conducted a D.A.R.E graduation at Johnson Elementary School on Friday (5-22-15) at 9:30 A.M.Over 47 5th graders graduated from the 10 week course taught by Detective Loomis.

Parents, grandparents, and caregivers of the children were in attendance to support their child’s accomplishment.

Detective Loomis commended everyone in attendance for their support of the children’s accomplishment.

Two 5th grade classes, their teachers Mrs. Melinda Bowling and Mrs. Kelly Hodges along with Mrs Betty Hodges, the school’s interim principal were all present in support of their children.

The principal, Mrs. Hodge, praised the DARE program, and commended the children.

Each child received a certificate of graduation, a DARE lion stuffed animal, a DARE tee shirt, and congratulatory hugs and handshakes from guests in attendance.

D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.

The 10 week course is taught at all elementary schools in Laurel County, and its curriculum includes teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives.

The D.A.R.E. Vision strives for "a world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors."

Sheriff Root fully supports the D.A.R.E. program and recognizes that "our young people are our future leaders."

Pictured are photos taken at the graduation.

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