Groveland’s Bagnall School Sixth Grades Graduate from DARE Program; Three Win Essay Contest

Bagnall Elementary students graduate from the Groveland Police Department’s DARE program. (Courtesy photograph.)

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Dr. Elmer S. Bagnall School students recently graduated from the Groveland Police Department’s Drug Awareness Resistance Education program, known as DARE, for short.

Superintendent Justin Bartholomew, Police Chief Jeffrey T. Gillen and Principal James Day said about 66 sixth grade students graduated from the program Friday, April 4. Students in each class also participated in an essay contest about what the program meant to them.

Essay winners were Owen Potter, Kara Walsh and Ava Tarquinio. They received a trophy and a certificate.

“This program is a great way to connect with peers and learn about the dangers of illegal substances while also learning how to effectively communicate with others,” said Gillen, adding “Educating our younger community members as they prepare for middle school is a great way to connect with our community and implement a safe and respectful community for all.”

Day said, “It has been truly amazing watching our sixth graders grow not only as students but as people. This program allows our students to work with peers and community members by learning about making good decisions.”

Groveland Police Sgt. Josh Sindoni oversees the DARE program, which teaches students drug and alcohol resistance, but also empathy, respect, responsibility, communication, anti-bullying techniques, how to deal with stress and the importance of making good decisions.

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