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Harbison West Elementary - Columbia, SC

Students are proud to be a 5th grader at Harbison West,  the DARE students, Principal and Teachers all got shirts!

Left: Principal Ed Davis, Sheriff Lott, AP Carol Lunsford, AP Sarah Fisher, front row Essay Winners Chyna Collins, Laron Wright, Caroline Lindler, Tyrese Briggs, Faizarh Montgomery and DARE Instructor, Deputy Lydea Proctor

Five Essay Winners with 1 overall winner that read her essay at the D.A.R.E. Graduation she is wearing the medallion.

The DARE Box is not just for kids

This year the students had some great questions in their D.A.R.E. Box for Sheriff Lott to answer.  One of the questions was, “Do you ever use the DARE Decision Making Model?  Sheriff Lott answered, “Everyday”! 


Lake Murray Elementary - Chapin, SC

Nine classes graduated from D.A.R.E. today (Mar. 10) with standing room only!  Principal Claire Thompson was so proud to have so many parents supporting their children and their school on this rewarding day.

Nine Essay Winners so proudly stand while the over–all winner Brynley Derrick reads her essay for all to hear what D.A.R.E. means to them.  Left to right:: Sara Beth Wendt, Luke Becker, Jamiah Galbreath, Audrey Ladlum , Cameryn Smith, Evan Creel, Karli Croft, and Jonathan Sheppard.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott (Guest Speaker) looks in every child’s eyes, shakes every hand and tells every child he is proud of him/her! A very proud D.A.R.E. Instructor, Deputy Todd Minemier with the Lake Murray over-all winner Brynley Derrick and Sheriff Lott.  Deputy Minemier had a difficult time choosing only one.  Deputy Minemier is proud of all of his D.A.R.E. students.

Rice Creek Elementary - Columbia, SC

Back row: Leon Lott, Richland County Sheriff, Stacey Gadson, Principal, DARE Instructor Jasper Rogers, Front row: Daren the DARE Mascot, Berry Bernette Rose, Matthew Ryan Lewis, Evan Robert Motley, Jordan Kier Worthy, Bryce Makenna Allen, Jayla Ayten Foster

All the stars where out today at our Rice Creek Elementary D.A.R.E. graduations.  The students have been so excited to have Deputy Rogers come over from the neighboring high school each week to teach them all about developing good decision making skills.  Deputy Rogers was just as excited!  Although the D.A.R.E. program is complete, that will not be the last that they will see of their D.A.R.E. Instructor.  Deputy Rogers is now a part of the Rice Creek family and they just can’t let him go.  Keep up the great work Deputy Rogers and keep the stars shining brightly.

Lonnie B Nelson Elementary - Columbia SC

First row (l-r): Jake Conroy, Imani Smith, Addison Canada, Sanraj Pal, Emma Hook (Overall essay winners)
Back row(l-r): Mr. Rashad Adams (Assistant Principal), Deputy Arlene Sharpe (State D.A.R.E. Coordinator/Director, Dr. Sonja Parnell (Assistant Principal), Mr. Terry Dozier (Motivational Guest Speaker), Deputy Jamel Bradley (D.A.R.E. Instructor), Mrs. Karen Beaman (Principal)

Lonnie B Nelson Elementary Principal, staff and students’ are so appreciative of Deputy Bradley from Spring Valley High School each year for teaching D.A.R.E. at their school.  The students love him and he loves all of them right back.  Deputy Bradley feels that it is important to reach a child at this level to help shape them into good decision makers and productive citizens for Richland County.

Sandel Elementary – Columbia, S.C.

Left to Right: D.A.R.E. Instructor Deputy David Spohn, Claudia Brooks- Principal,  Essay Winners Akirra Thompson, June Nizar, Kyler Davenport, and Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott

The principal and students at Sandel Elementary were so excited when Deputy Spohn a D.A.R.E. Instructor from another school came to teach them the D.A.R.E. program.  The students got to know Deputy Spohn and together they built a lasting bond that will forever stay strong.

A.C. Moore Elementary - Columbia, SC

Left to right:  D.A.R.E. Instructor Deputy Mariola Wood, Captain John Ewing, Overall Essay Winner Brandon Baker, Emma Price, Gracie Lechnar, Sgt. Howard Barrett, and Dr. Chantelle Baker, Principal

The students at A.C. Moore Elementary enjoy having Deputy Wood as their D.A.R.E. Instructor and Deputy Wood loves her students.  Captain Ewing was the guest speaker and did a wonderful demonstration of why having your own ‘help network’ is valuable in life.   To have others share the load when life sends struggles is important but also having friends to celebrate with and have fun with is equally important.

North Springs Elementary – Columbia, S.C. D.A.R.E. Essay Winners

Back Row: Mrs. Jennifer Germann, Principal David Holzendorf, Deputy Arlene Sharpe, Sr. Deputy Will Gibson and Lt Verlon Rhodes - Front Row Essay Winners Left to Right: Joshua Rivers, Sasha Singleton (overall winner), Journey Armstead, Victoria King, Makayla Jeske and Shreya Kumar 

D.A.R.E. graduation at North Springs Elementary was exciting for all of the students.  The Essay Winners are proud to represent their homeroom teachers and Miss Sasha Singleton will reign as the schools overall winner for the 2016/2017 school year.  Deputy Gibson will be visiting the K-4th graders with D.A.R.E. chart lessons and back for visits with the 5th graders with law related classes.  Go Deputy Gibson!

Satchel Ford Elementary – Columbia, S.C.

Left to right: Principal Hasinger, Essay Winners Annie Wales, Topher Johnson, Roxie Floyd, Anthony Gray, Taegan Watts, Emory Anne, D.A.R.E. Instructor Deputy Morant  Back row Guest Speaker Lt. Verlon Rhodes

The students at Satchel Ford would like to say thank you to Deputy Roberts for starting the D.A.R.E. program at their school.  Plus, the students would like to give a huge thank you to Deputy Morant for completing the program.  Deputy Morant’s heart is filled with pride for these students and she will miss them terribly having to return back to her assigned school.  Best Wishes to all!

Catawba Trail Elementary – Elgin, S.C.

Principal Barth, D.A.R.E. Essay Winner Mackinley Blackwell, her mother Jami Lea Blackwell and Deputy Fred Williams
Principal Barth shared encouraging words along with Deputy Williams for the families in attendance at their D.A.R.E. graduation.  Principal Barth also said, “Thank you Deputy Williams for giving your time to our children, they truly enjoy you.”  Mrs. Barth added; “it is apparent from the questioning during graduation they learned!”

Proudly wearing their new D.A.R.E. shirts that they earned from passing the D.A.R.E. program!

From left  Dr. Boiser, Assistant Principal, Overall D.A.R.E. Essay Winner Soren Cobb, Jazmin Flecther , Alyssa Schafer, Henry Graves,  Ms. Heyward, Assistance Principal and Deputy Donna Tucker, D.A.R.E. Instructor

Horrell Hill 5th Grade D.A.R.E. Students

Horrell Hill Elementary has some happy and proud 5th graders dressed in new D.A.R.E. shirts waiting patiently to start their D.A.R.E.  Graduation. This is Deputy Gibson first D.A.R.E class and he said he has the best D.A.R.E. students in South Carolina!  Deputy Gibson is proud of each one of his D.A.R.E. students


Deputy Samuel Gibson and Sheriff Leon Lott with the Horrell Hill Essay Winners-Hopkins, South Carolina

Deputy Gibson and Sheriff Lott  with the Daren Award Winner

North Star Christian Center D.A.R.E. Graduation
The children of North Star Christian Center in S.C. were so grateful when Deputy Steffany Boyd of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department committed to teaching them the D.A.R.E. program. Although Deputy Boyd moved from the SRO unit to Special Services she found a way to help these children develop the ability to make wise decisions at the 5th grade level and started building safety conscience K-4th graders with her D.A.R.E. chart lessons. This will help them all to become productive citizens. Congratulations Deputy Boyd and her D.A.R.E. students.

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