On Wednesday March 16th, 2016 the 5th Grade D.A.R.E. graduation at the Our Lady Star of the Sea was held. Nine 5th Graders celebrated completing the 10 day elementary school “Keepin’ it REAL” curriculum. They were joined by family, Sheriff Mike Evans, retired Sgt. Mike Bomgardner, and other fellow D.A.R.E. instructors. This was the third graduation for DFC M. Robshaw at the Our Lady Star of the Sea and the first for DFC W. Beisel. The graduation opened with a few words from DFC Robshaw about the importance of making safe and responsible choices and applauding the parents in doing a great job raising their children thus far. Following DFC Robshaw was a talk from Sheriff Mike Evans, who talked about the importance of the D.A.R.E. program and about his future visions of expanding the D.A.R.E. program into all the Calvert County School. Retired Sgt. Mike Bomgardner, the guest speaker, talked about the importance of the D.A.R.E. programs as well, and the importance of being responsible and making the right choices.
At the graduation, three students from the graduating class were given an opportunity to read their D.A.R.E. essays. The D.A.R.E. essays gave students the opportunity to reflect on what they learned during D.A.R.E. DFC M. Robshaw awarded the three essay winners with their own stuffed DAREN the Lion. The D.A.R.E. graduating students were then awarded with a certificate of completion from the D.A.R.E. program by Deacon Chris and Mrs. Shaw. DFC Robshaw gave the final speech to the graduating class congratulating them on their accomplishments and told the graduating class to always remember to make safe and responsible decisions in life because you never know what the future holds.
*********picture caption: DAREN, Sheriff Mike Evans, DFC M. Robshaw, Retired Sgt. Mike Bomgardner, Mrs. Shaw, DFC A. Mitchell, and “Our Lady Star of the Sea” 5th Grade Graduating Class.