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DARE Graduation in Vidalia
Tuesday, 01 April 2014

April 1--  For the past ten weeks, fifth graders at Sally Meadows Elementary School in Vidalia learned how to say no to drugs and other bad habits during the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) classes conducted by the Vidalia Police Department.

Image  VPD DARE officer Dwayne Carpenter congratulates a 5th grade grad.

At graduation ceremonies, the kids heard from Assistant District Attorney Jessica Black who is also a DARE graduate.

"It was a wonderful program and it taught me a lot about how to stay away from things and people that were trouble," she remembers.

She believes the course is even more important today.

"Education is knowledge empowering them and making them aware of the challenges they face.

"Even in a small county like Toombs, drugs are a huge problem and lead to drug-related crime.  To catch them early and make them aware is a wonderful thing," Black said.

Vidalia Indian senior football player Nolan Moore is a DARE role model.

"Back when I was in the fifth grade, the role models were a great influence for us and when the opportunity came up to be a role model, I jumped at it.

"Right now they're blank slates and now's the time to put the good things to remember in mind.  Walking away is one of the most important things we can teach them.  You've got to think about the big picture and the part of your life you're just throwing out the window," Moore said.



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