St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Holds D.A.R.E. Program Graduations
Joseph Davies Elementary School held a graduation Dec. 7 for fifth graders who graduated from the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. program. First-place essay contest winners are, first row, from left: Kynlee Bertheaud, Jasym Mancuso, Kharma McGrew, Lilly Brown, and Cecilia Marchese. Second-place essay contest winners are, second row, from left: Bryce Cobden, Emmah Hellmers, Titus Cease, Cayden Jourdan, and Ramsey Alexander. Third row, from left, are: Sgt. Darrin Miller, Lt. Robert Broadhead, Sheriff James Pohlmann, Maj. Daniel Bostic, and Capt. Lisa Jackson. Also pictured are, Tiffany Glapion, principal, left, and Lisa Pohlmann, assistant principal.
Although graduations looked different this year due to COVID-19, several hundred St. Bernard Parish fifth-graders still graduated from the fall semester of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.
Scaled-back ceremonies were held in December for students at Joseph Davies Elementary, St. Bernard Christian Academy, Willie Smith Elementary, Arlene Meraux Elementary, J.F. Gauthier Elementary, and Our Lady of Prompt Succor.
Sheriff James Pohlmann said the D.A.R.E. anti-drug program, taught in St. Bernard Parish schools by program supervisor Capt. Lisa Jackson and Sgt. Darrin Miller, is aimed at discouraging youngsters from using drugs, including tobacco and alcohol, or taking part in violence or 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 the importance of listening to their parents and teachers, and choosing their friends wisely. He also told the students 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.