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


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.

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!

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