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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
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
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.”
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
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.
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
Bradley Elementary School -
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 -
Students are proud to be a 5th grader at Harbison
West, the DARE students, Principal and Teachers all got shirts!
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
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,
Lake Murray Elementary -
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
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
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!
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 -
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
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 -
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
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
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
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
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!