Students from Garrett Memorial Christian School and Spring Hill School recently completed the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) course and received their certificates at graduations ceremonies on each campus.
The D.A.R.E. program started in Los Angeles in 1983 and has grown worldwide and is designed to educate students of the dangers of drug abuse and techniques to avoid them.
The 10-week program is offered in Hempstead County by the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office and is taught by Deputy Becky Billings.
D.A.R.E. graduates were given words of wisdom and encouragement from Billings and local officials including Sheriff James Singleton, Prosecutor Christi McQueen and Mayor Steve Montgomery before receiving their certificates.