Tongue River Students Graduate from D.A.R.E. Program

Over 30 fifth graders received certificates and tee shirts during D.A.R.E. graduation Friday at Tongue River Elementary School. (Photo by Pat Blair)

More than 30 Tongue River Elementary School fifth graders graduated from the D.A.R.E. program in ceremonies Friday at the school in Ranchester.

Sheriff's Deputy Boot Hill, who teaches the D.A.R.E. Program in Sheridan County, said he loves working with the Tongue River students.

Hill said the goal of D.A.R.E – an acronym for Drug Abuse Resistance Education – is to give the fifth graders the tools they need to take to the sixth grade and junior high school.

Talking to parents gathered for the graduation ceremonies Friday, Hill said it's hard to say “no” to our friends, and one of the objects of D.A.R.E. is to help the students get out of those sticky situations when they're pressured to use drugs.

Students received certificates and tee shirts to mark their graduation, and four of the students read papers they'd prepared on what they learned in the D.A.R.E. Program.

Hill teaches the program in all three of Sheridan County's school districts. Students at the Henry A. Coffeen Elementary School graduated from the program Thursday, and Hill said graduation ceremonies were held earlier for students at Big Horn and Arvada-Clearmont elementary schools.

D.A.R.E. graduates at start of ceremonies. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Parents of D.A.R.E. graduates. (Photo by Pat Blair)