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Thursday, May 16, 2019
Pictured are Southland Academy fifth graders at their D.A.R.E. Graduation
Pictured are Southland Academy fifth graders at their D.A.R.E. Graduation

Southland Academy is pleased to announce that its fifth grade class completed the D.A.R.E. curriculum and graduated from the DARE program in front of their families and teachers. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is an education program that seeks to prevent use of controlled drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior. Representing the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Hill spent 10 weeks teaching, advising, and encouraging the students. D.A.R.E.'s primary mission is to provide students with the information and skills they need to live drug-and-violence-free lives. The mission is to equip our young citizens with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and instead, allow them to focus on their strengths and potential.

Major Brett D. Murray of Americus served as the keynote speaker for the graduation. Lower School Director, Laura Kinslow and Head of School Ty Kinslow along with Deputy Hill and Col. Eric D. Bryant and several other representatives from the Sheriff’s Department had the pleasure of conferring the graduation certificates. The fifth grade class performed very emotional and thought provoking musical selections under the direction of Heather Grinolds, Southland Academy Music Director. Krish Patel and Mary-Margaret Waddell shared their Personal Commitments to D.A.R.E.

The Southland Academy administration and faculty are very proud of the students for completing the program and making the commitment to themselves and their families to remain drug free. Southland Academy greatly appreciates the Sheriff’s Department and its persistence in educating the young people of this community.


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