Fifth graders at DeKalb West School received pins and certificates during the annual DARE graduation ceremony held Friday
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program was conducted by DARE Instructor and Chief Deputy Don Adamson of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.
Each student prepares an essay during the course and those with the best essays from each class are recognized and awarded. This year's essay winners at DeKalb West School are Carrigan Chapman of Jane Watson's class and Samantha Street of Jeanna Caplinger's class.
Chapman was the over-all winner and she read her essay during Friday's program. In addition to the award, prizes, and recognition, Chapman gets to keep "Daren the Lion" the DARE Mascot and she received a $50 check from Judge Bratten Cook II who was unable to attend. Register of Deeds Jeff McMillen made the presentation on Judge Cook's behalf.
Sheriff Patrick Ray, who spoke during the DARE graduation, told the students that "D.A.R.E. is a cooperative effort by the DeKalb Sheriff's Department, DeKalb County School System, parents, and the community. I ask you today students, to take this valuable information and apply it to your lives, now and forever."
Others on hand for the ceremony were DeKalb West School Principal Danny Parkerson, Director of Schools Mark Willoughby, Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack, Register of Deeds Jeff McMillen, Trustee Sean Driver, and employees of the Sheriff's Department including K-9 drug dog Banshee, who is being retired from duty at the end of the month.