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Mill Creek Elementary School

Sheriff Leon Lott-RCSD, Dr. Charles DeLaughter-Principal, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Olson Sr.-parents, Sofia Olson-Overall Essay Winner, D'Curtis Goodwin-Essay Winner and Deputy Jordan, DARE Instructor  (not pictured) Carlos Thomas, Essay Winner.

Deputy Jordan had her 1st DARE graduation.  She put her heart into every word that she spoke to the facility, parents and students.  Tears of love fell from many in attendance as we all could tell the close relationship that had developed between the school, the graduating 5th grade students and Deputy Jordan.  D’Curtis was a proud recipient of the title DARE Essay Winner displaying his certificates. Sofia holds the title Overall DARE Essay Winner for the school and read her essay. Sofia shared how she had used the DDMM to handle the loss of her beloved puppy earlier this year.  Sofia said she will always use her knowledge from DARE to handle situations for the rest of her life!  Her parents are so proud of their daughter.


Harbison West Elementary - Columbia, SC

Ed Davis (principal), Ms. Lamprey - Celine Steyer, Ms. Murray - Kennedy Cook, Ms. Washington- Amiyah Christopher, Ms. Edwards - Sean Johnson, Ms. Brannan- Blaine Bushman (also overall winner), Ms. Chandler- Ariana Jones, Deputy Russ Rabon, - *Ms. Stevens - David Gotz (not pictured)

Pictured above are the DARE Essay Winners and the name of each teacher that they represent.  Blaine Bushman will be the reigning 2018 Harbison West Essay winner and did read his essay today at the DARE graduation. All of the students at Harbison West are proud to be called DARE graduates.  Sr. Deputy Russ Rabon says he is honored to be their DARE Officer and he hopes that each one of his students know if they ever need him, he will be there for them. 


Essay Winners - Lake Murray Elementary School

Front row: Gracyn Beale-Salovitch, McKenzie Metts, Will Perez - Second row: Mrs. Claire Thompson-Principal, Sidney Hearne, Over-All Essay Winner-Lila Bower, Mary Bennett Pritchard, Aidan Black, Ashlyn Anderson, Deputy Todd Minemier-DARE Instructor


Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary - Columbia, S.C.

1st row: DARE Essay Winners: John Dzialo (overall winner), Aliyah Andrews, Coulter Branham, Samantha Winters-Gribble, and Maddie Roberts.  2nd  row: Deputy Arlene Sharpe, S.C. Coordinator, Capt. Ewing, SRO Division, Deputy Jamel Bradley DARE Instructor, Guest Speaker Mr. Terry Dozier, NBA-Charlotte Hornets/Educator


John Dzialo (overall winner): Deputy Bradley had a hard time making a decision for the overall winning essay; in fact he asked another DARE Instructor for input because all of them were outstanding.  John’s essay included what he had learned in DARE and how it will help him in his future.  John also stated if someone needed help that he would step-up.


H.B. Rhame Elementary Columbia, S.C. DARE graduation.  Officer Brandon Montgomery is with the Columbia Police Department.

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Caughman Elementary – Columbia, S.C.


It was Deputy McNeill’s 1st D.A.R.E. graduation.   Anxious and with the desire to do his best, Deputy McNeill was a huge success with his principal, his students and his command staff today.    I am sure we all remember our 1st graduation wondering will I get it correct; “Will it be memorable for my school and for my students?” 

Deputy McNeill can breathe easy now and just so you know, (whispering…) Mrs. Hall your principal shared with Sheriff Lott how she, the school and the community just love you!


Deputy McNeill, Essay Winners: Aaliyah Bull, Jolie-Ann Cook, Nya Glenn, Tamia Sanders (overall winner) Sheriff Leon Lott, Guest Speaker


Jizelle Pringle and her  Montessori Class within Caughman Elementary
Deputy McNeill with a big smile on his face said, “I had one Montessori classroom within the 5th grade level.  It was a pleasure to teach these students as they developed and discovered how to be a proud DARE student.”


Deputy McNeill, Mrs. Shawn Hall, Principal, Sheriff Leon Lott, Lt. Verlon Rhodes, S.R.O. Division and Deputy Arlene Sharpe State Coordinator/Director DARE Training Center

The students had heard the encouraging words from Sheriff Lott. From their DARE Instructor, Deputy McNeill they heard encouragement, caring and expectations; it was now time to cross the stage to receive their certificates.  They each shuck the hand of all that are so proud of them and joined the millions of other student in the world as a D.A.R.E. Graduate.   Deputy McNeill’s heart was filled with pride for all of his students and yes, he has a big smile on his face!


A.C. Moore Elementary- Columbia, S.C.


Guest Speaker- Lt. Verlon Rhodes, Dr. Baker- Principal, Simon Quinatoa- Essay Winner, D.A.R.E. Instructor Deputy Mariola Wood
Deputy Arlene Sharpe- D.A.R.E. Director/Coordinator, Janet Hudson- D.A.R.E. Educator

Once again, A.C. Moore Elementary had a good graduation just before the holidays.  Deputy Wood always has the respect of her principal and students each year.  The essay by Simon was heart felt and shows that he learned a lot in his DARE classes.


Bradley Elementary School - Columbia, SC


Deputy Timmons continues to encourage her students and to let them know they each are special and have the potential to become whatever they want to be.  It was evident with the words written in Ceigan essay that Deputy Timmons had taught all of the 5th grader how to make wise decisions.


   

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