Fifth grade students at MED celebrated moving on to the middle school and their successful completion of the D.A.R.E. program with a graduation ceremony held June 19th. To start off the event, MED principal Kristen Reno congratulated the students on their completion of elementary school before handing the ceremony over to Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy Wendy Guntert, who is Chatham’s D.A.R.E. instructor.
To graduate D.A.R.E., students needed to complete a student planner, have good attendance throughout the program, demonstrate good behavior by following the D.A.R.E rules, stay drug free, and write an essay about what they learned and how they will use that knowledge in their lives.
In recognition of having written outstanding essays, Anna Sorros, Addison Andrews, and Hunter Kelley each read their essay to the audience.
Twenty additional students were recognized for having excellent planners:
From Mrs. Grill’s class: Kaitlyn Bost, Mackenzie Farnham, Jade McKinney, Brandon Meyers, Destiny Pulver, Sophia Swinehart, Phoenix Witherell
From Mrs. Hogencamp’s class: Aidan Brennan, Derek Clark, Joshua Herbest, Aurora Jones, Henry Powers, Samantha Rickert
From Mrs. Murray’s class: Grace Brennan, Amiah Coons, Oliana DeLuca, Maxwell Freidman, Mason Levy, Logan Smalley, Taylor Van Wie
All D.A.R.E. graduates were recognized by having Deputy Guntert call each to the front of the room to receive their D.A.R.E. certificates.
Funding for the program is provided by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Along with Deputy Guntert, Sheriff David Bartlett spoke at the ceremony and shook all the graduates’ hands.
The event also included a slide show highlighting Nature’s Classroom week and remarks from Chatham Middle School principal Mike Burns, who welcomed the students to the 6th grade.