D.A.R.E. graduation at Colony Elementary School - Laurel County

Laurel County, Ky. - Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Detective Charlie Loomis conducted a D.A.R.E. graduation at Colony Elementary School on Monday May 25, 2015 at 2 P.M.

Seventy one 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.

Three 5th grade classes , their teachers - Kristy Patton, Jacqueline House, and Charlotte Jones along with Chad Davis, the school’s principal were all present in support of their children.

The principal, Chad Davis, praised the D.A.R.E. program, and commended the children.

Wyan Pine student Catherine performed the National Anthem leading into the graduation.

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

Three D.A.R.E. essay winners read their reports to the audience, and received special awards. The three students were: Tanner, Carley, and Isaiah.

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 - L to R.:  Group photo, Detective Loomis with essay winners: Tanner, Carley, and Isaiah and Detective Loomis with Catherine who performed the National Anthem


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