204 DARE to be drug free

The D.A.R.E graduates of Barnwell Elementary put on a show for their parents and families Friday.
The 204 fifth graders sang, danced and laughed during the ceremony to end their Drug Abuse Resistance Education. School Resource Officer Darlene Cook, with the Barnwell County Sheriff's Office, handed out prizes to the essay winners and read off all the graduates' names. She said the "children did a wonderful job" and that she was pleased with the parents' support.
Mike D'Attoma, with Barnwell First Baptist Church, told the students that "every decision counts" in life and that using drugs and alcohol just isn't worth it. He urged parents to reinforce in the home what their children learned in the program.
Cook said she appreciated the support of First Citizens Bank and the law firm of Wilson, Luginbill & Kirkland.