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D.A.R.E. Graduation held at Adair Co. Elementary School
By Alice Curry, Technology Teacher & STC
Adair County Elementary School
Once a week for the past 10 weeks, ACES 5th grade students have been learning about the dangers of drugs and alcohol with Columbia Police Department Officer Adam Cravens. On Friday, April 22nd, a graduation ceremony was held for students.
"We have been learning about how drugs are dangerous. Officer Cravens is a really good officer and we appreciate him taking his time with us because it will help us in the future. All kids need to know this," said Natalie Keith. "We learned that vaping is more dangerous than smoking cigarettes because when you vape, you are inhaling toxic metals and chemicals into your body," stated Jackson Coomer, ACES 5th grader. Fifth grade students were asked to write an essay about what they learned in the D.A.R.E. program. Miles Bowman and Elaine Cook were the winners of the essay contest.
Officer Cravens said, "The Columbia Police Department wishes to thank The Adair County School Board as well as the faculty and staff of Adair County Elementary School for granting the Columbia Police Department the opportunity to reach out to students."
The D.A.R.E program began in 1983 as a partnership with Los Angeles Police Department and the LA School District to teach students drug resistance education. The program was well received and quickly spread throughout the country.
In addition to Officer Cravens, community members in attendance were Columbia Mayor Pam Hoots, ACES SRO Mark Harris, Columbia Chief of Police Junior Murphy and Columbia Police Officers Joey Keith, John Harris and Jimmy Luttrell.
ACES would like to thank Walmart, Lindsey Wilson College, Betty's OK Country Cooking, Sugar Bella's, Dairy Queen, Sonic, Pizza Hut, Barney's Fun Center and Cheryl Karnes for the donations for the prizes that were given away to students. Also thank you to Breanna Coffey, owner of Tentative 220 for the balloon wall decorations.
This story was posted on 2022-04-25 09:03:30
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