HAUGHTON, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – NBC 6 News Salutes The Badge by recognizing a Bossier Sheriffs’ Office School Resource Officer who helped a special group of kids celebrate this week.
Bossier Sheriffs’ Deputy Cedric Payne assisted 86 students at Haughton Elementary School receive certificates on this past Tuesday showing they completed the school’s inaugural D.A.R.E. class.
D.A.R.E. officers teach fifth graders how to make life decisions, at an age when peer pressure increases.
Students learned they are responsible for their actions. The deputies do not sugarcoat the facts so the kids know the true effects drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and bullying have on themselves and others.
“One of the things that I think that we want to keep with them is that they can continue using the D.A.R.E. decision making model,” said Deputy Payne. “I use it everyday while I’m here. It helps me to make better decisions.”
“Unfortunately, in today’s times, our students need to have this knowledge younger and younger, so it’s a great program,” added Haughton Elementary principal Andrea Spinney. “They’re getting ready to start middle school, and they may be introduced to situations where they need to have the D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model that they were talking about today, and they need to have those strategies in place.”
D.A.R.E. is a semester-long class taught by the sheriff’s deputies.
About 1,700 fifth graders will graduate D.A.R.E. in Bossier Parish this school year.