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DARE Students Graduate
Saturday, 28 March 2009

March 28--  Fifth graders at Sally Meadows Elementary School in Vidalia graduated Friday from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) course which was taught this year by Detective Michael Clements.


DARE grad Cade Roberts with "Darren, the Drug Lion."

"I want them to see me as a friend so if they see something or need any help with anything, they'll feel free to come talk to me about it.  If we can get them at this age and teach them some of the things they need to know about peer pressure and the drugs that are out there, we hope they'll learn what to stay away from.  We just try to guide them like we can," Clements said.

Cheyenne Schaefer from Vidalia High School is a DARE role model who, along with other students trys to help the kids learn how to say no by providing positive examples.  "Melissa Thompson, Kyle Lipscomb, Tavares Beacham, we're all seniors, football players, cheerleaders, Star Students and everything, so everything we can do we try to show them that you can make a good impression and that it is possible to do good in this community," she said.

The guest speaker for the DARE graduation was Juvenile Court Judge Sherrie McDonald who hopes DARE will help keep kids out of her court.  Judge McDonald says too many of the cases she hears are drug related.  "I'm sad to say I see too much drug use in juveniles who commit crimes and parents who are not taking care of their children.  I would suggest to you that more often than not, drugs are the problem," the judge said.

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