Natchitoches Magnet holds D.A.R.E. graduation

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Fifth grade students at Natchitoches Magnet graduated from the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. program Dec. 1. The highlight of the event was a check presentation from Magnet to the D.A.R.E. program for $615.

Emerson Cain and Meredith Ellett welcomed family members as they filled the gym. Caldwell DeFord led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Chief Wendy Llorens welcomed dignitaries who attended the event.

Heaven Sam, Nathan Lovemore, Alayna Dees and Naiim Helaire spoke about what the students learned in D.A.R.E. This included how to keep it REAL.

REFUSE: Saying no, I don’t want to do something
EXPLAIN: Saying why I don’t want to do something
AVOID: Keeping away from a situation I don’t want to be involved in
LEAVE: Taking myself out of a situation I don’t want to be in

Students performed as TV anchors for NMS News at 5, which covered topics including cyber bullying, a weather report, health, sports and more.

According to one skit, health is a very complicated thing. Alcohol is one of the main things that damages the human body. Alcohol is a drink that can really hurt people. Usually teens drink alcohol to look cool on the outside, but when doctors look on the inside of their bodies, it doesn’t look nearly as cool. Their liver is basically a crumbled mess and your heart is a lump of coal. It’s really black.

Essay winners were Allyson Jett and Naiim Helaire. Workbook Awards were presented to Jamal Barnes and Manar Mousa. The students received their D.A.R.E. diplomas before Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. gave closing remarks.