Exeter, Shell Knob D.A.R.E students graduate
36 sixth-grade students learn about drug, alcohol abuse
Two groups of sixth-grade students, 20 at Exeter R-6 School District and and 16 at Shell Knob School District 78, graduated from the Barry County Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program on Friday.
Exeter students who graduated include: Herschel Beck, Yvonne Bradford, Austin Cowherd, Joseph Davis, Kylah Dicharo, Melina Duran, Alexandra Gomez, Thomas Headley, Wyatt Hoppes, Savannah Jones, Camille Kho, Jared Lee, Lindsey Nelson, Aaliyah Ortiz, Trinity Rathburn, Logan Rayburn, Riley Rowden, Payton Thompson, Brady Walker and Cameron Weston.
Shell Knob graduates included: Mary Ann Boggs, Kaitlyn Buchanan, Nolan Crain, Ali Crownhart, Kloey Dias, Wren Hampton, Casey Lawrence, Timothy Mason, Mindy McClary, Bridget Mingo, Jacob Olbertz, Logan Price, Chloe Rish, Shelby Ratner, Kayleigh Shinn and Cephas Stinnett.
The D.A.R.E Program, headed up by Deputy Larry Stockton with the Barry County Sheriff's Department, is an educational program to help kids learn about drugs, alcohol, peer pressure, and the effects that drugs have on people. The program consists of 10, 45-minute lessons taught by Stockton, and each student gets a workbook with numerous activities. Stockton is assigned to Exeter, Purdy, Shell Knob, Southwest and Wheaton Schools.
The Barry County Sheriff's Office has been involved in delivering the D.A.R.E. program in area schools since 1991, and the program was first taught by Dana Kammerlohr, Cassville Police Chief.