With the end of the school year right around the corner, some 900 Bossier Parish 5th graders are graduating from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.  

Curtis Elementary students were the first to graduate yesterday, followed by Stockwell Place and Waller students today.  Thursday is graduation day for D.A.R.E. students at Kerr and Legacy.

D.A.R.E. is a semester-long curriculum taught by sheriff's deputies.  It emphasizes good decision skills for young people in order to avoid bullying, drugs, violence, and other harmful behaviors.  Students are also taught confidence-building and coping schools.

Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington was on-hand for the Curtis graduation.

photo by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office