Jackson County Sheriff’s Department completes D.A.R.E program in local schools

SEYMOUR – Students at Saint John’s Sauers Lutheran School, Crothersville Elementary, and Medora Elementary schools were recognized in a graduation ceremony, after recently completing the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program.

Medora students use the Fatal Vision Goggle with Lt. Adam Nicholson while trying to land a basketball shot.

D.A.R.E. is a comprehensive K-12 prevention education program taught in thousands of schools in America. This program is taught by highly trained law enforcement officers that teach students good decision-making skills that will help them lead safe and healthy lives including avoiding drugs, alcohol, violence, bullying, and internet safety.

St. John’s student attempts to walk a straight line.

The graduation started with a pizza party each day for the kids to celebrate their accomplishments. The students were then able to try the Fatal Vision Goggles. This gave them a chance to experience the incoordination that intoxication causes. The program finished with a graduation ceremony and all students were presented with certificates and a D.A.R.E. graduation pin. 

Crothersville students use Fatal Vision Goggle

“We are extremely proud of our D.A.R.E. Program and what it has become over the years. We would like to thank all the schools that participate in the 10-week program for 5th and 6th-grade students. We believe the program has and will continue to make a difference in the lives of students who choose to engage in it,” said Sheriff Rick Meyer.

Crothersville D.A.R.E graduation class
Medora D.A.R.E. graduation class
St. John’s D.A.R.E graduation class