St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Holds D.A.R.E. Program Graduations
Chalmette Elementary School held a graduation May 5 for fifth graders who graduated from the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. program. Essay contest winners are, first row, from left: Kameron Craige, first place; Ethan Hessler, second place; Joly Kristoff, first place; and Devine Lewis, second place. Second row, from left, are: Sgt. Darrin Miller, Maj. Daniel Bostic and Capt. Lisa Jackson.
Although graduations are still different than the norm due to COVID-19, several hundred St. Bernard Parish fifth-graders were able to graduate from the 2021 spring semester of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.
Scaled-back ceremonies were held last week for students at Chalmette Elementary, Lacoste Elementary, and Arabi Elementary. Sixty-six students graduated from Chalmette, 92 from Lacoste, and 77 from Arabi.
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 Maj. Daniel Bostic, commander of the Special Investigations Division, who spoke about making the right choices when it comes to the use of drugs or alcohol. Maj. Bostic also 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.