5th Grade Kicks Off 2017-18 D.A.R.E.

On September 8, Chatham’s entire fifth grade gathered outside M.E.D. to kick off this year’s D.A.R.E. program. D.A.R.E., which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, empowers students to make safe and responsible choices in all areas of their lives.

Mr. Torrey and Mr. Sutton raise D.A.R.E. flag on M.E.D. flagpole

While head custodian Matt Torrey and assistant principal Richard Sutton raised the school’s D.A.R.E. flag high over the M.E.D. campus, principal Kristen Reno introduced the students to Deputy Wendy Guntert, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. Officer. Deputy Guntert will be at M.E.D. every Friday throughout the school year to lead discussions and activities with our fifth graders, covering concepts like responsible decision making, citizenship, communication skills, being understanding of others, and more. At Friday’s kick off, she took a few moments to tell the students a little about herself, the program she teaches, and what it takes to become a D.A.R.E. graduate. Deputy Ian Boehme, Chatham’s new School Resource Deputy, was also at the kick off and took the opportunity to introduce himself to the students.

Deputies Wendy Guntert and Ian Boehme talk to the 5th grade

The 2017-18 school year marks our second year having D.A.R.E. at M.E.D. The Sheriff’s Office currently provides funding for D.A.R.E. through its annual budget and offers the program free of cost to our school. Here’s to another safe and healthy school year!

Group photo of 5th grade with sheriff's deputies, teachers, and school administrators outside M.E.D.


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