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D.A.R.E Graduation at STC
Friday, 29 March 2013

ImageApril 1--  In a graduation ceremony at Southeastern Technical College, 192 Sally D. Meadows 5th graders were recognized for their completion of the 10 week D.A.R.E program provided by the Vidalia Police Department.  Corporals Shannon Davis and Dwayne Carpenter head up the program.


“The D.A.R.E Program is a 10 week program where kids learn about bullying, self-esteem, different drugs and alcohol facts, and how to be good citizens and not to be bystanders.” Corporal Carpenter stated.  “This is my 3rd year doing it, myself and Corporal Shannon Davis.  We both work together doing this for the kids.  We’ve had high numbers.  We have around 200 kids graduate the D.A.R.E Program each year.”


A group of seniors at Vidalia High School serve as role models for the D.A.R.E program and assist the officers with training as well as serve as mentors for the students.  Corporal Carpenter stated, “The role models come into the class every day while we are teaching.  They help to interact with the kids.  It’s someone who has been in their shoes and it hasn’t been that long ago.  The kids look up to them because these kids are in sports, in the church, they stay out of trouble.”


Senior Al Middleton serves as one of the role models and said that his brother was a D.A.R.E role model and he really looked up to him when he was growing up and wanted to share the same experience with these students.  “That’s not the only reason but it’s one of them.  Just knowing that I had a chance to make a difference in a kid’s life, that’s the biggest reason.  It makes me feel good in my heart and my soul because they have their whole life ahead of them and you don’t want them to mess their life up.  They have a big future, the sky is the limit you know,” Middleton said.


5th grader Ethan Wright was recognized at the ceremony as the winner of this year’s essay contest.


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