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Post fifth graders finish DARE
Fort Stewart Elementary winner Savannah Williams receives a plaque from DARE Officer Randall Thompson. - photo by Photo by Andrea Washington
Woodruff Theater recently had a full house for the Fort Stewart Department of Emergency Services Drug Abuse Resistance Education graduation ceremony.
Family and friends packed into the building to cheer on the 160 fifth-graders from the post’s three elementary schools; Fort Stewart Elementary, Brittin Elementary and Diamond Elementary; who completed the 15-week drug awareness program.
During the ceremony, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, commended students for completing the curriculum, but reminded them it was only a stepping-stone for future decisions in their lives.
“DARE, like any other graduation is a first step,” Kingston said. “It’s not just making up your mind today that you’re not going to get involved in drugs, but it’s everyday.”
The representative also told students leading a lifestyle that balances mind, body and spirit without the use of drugs would allow them to participate in “that next generation of gee whiz inventions” that make people’s lives better.
While each fifth-grader received a certificate of completion at the end of the ceremony, FSES student Savannah Williams, BES student Devin Pless and DES student Kaiona Nomura received plaques and special recognition for writing their school’s best essay about the DARE program.
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