St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. program graduations

Posted: May 16th, 2019 | Filed under: News Releases | Tags:

St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. program graduations

Several hundred St. Bernard Parish fifth-graders recently graduated from the spring semester of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

Chalmette Elementary School held its graduation May 7, Lynn Oaks held a ceremony May 9, J.F. Gauthier Elementary’s celebration was May 13, and Arabi Elementary School’s program was May 15.

Sheriff James Pohlmann said the D.A.R.E. anti-drug program, taught in St. Bernard Parish schools by program supervisor Lt. Lisa Jackson and Sgt. Darrin Miller, is aimed at discouraging youngsters from using drugs, including tobacco and alcohol, or taking part in violence or the bullying of others.

During the graduation ceremonies, students heard from Sheriff Pohlmann and other officers who spoke about making the right choices when it comes to the use of drugs or alcohol. The Sheriff stressed to students the importance of listening to their parents and teachers, and choosing their friends wisely. He also told the children not to bully others, and to report any kind of bullying they witness to an adult or teacher.

Sheriff Pohlmann also addressed parents in attendance about the importance of protecting our future by investing in our children. He praised parents for taking part in keeping their children on the right path and focused on doing the right thing, including talking often with them and looking for warning signs to help prevent drug use.