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Cooke fifth-graders graduate from D.A.R.E program

May 9, 2016

On Monday, April 4, George L. Cooke Elementary School fifth-graders were recently recognized at a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) graduation ceremony held at the school’s multi-purpose room.

Ten students were recognized for their exceptional essays. Some of these students read their essay to the audience:

  • Synaya Boyd read about being bullied;
  • Erin Brawley’s essay was about D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model;
  • Melina Powell wrote about the 5 W’s and bullying; and
  • Kaylen Blackford wrote about not smoking.


Congratulations to all of the 5th grade D.A.R.E graduates.

Thank you to Sullivan County Sheriff and D.A.R.E. Officer DeSantos, Sheriff Michael Schiff and Eric Chaboty (Sullivan County Police Department), Chief Robert Mir and Lt. Mark Johnston (Monticello Police Department) Linda Cellini (on behalf of Senator John Bonacic) Christine Schiff (on behalf of Congressman Chris Gibson.)

Pictured: Officer DeSantos congratulates fifth-grader Mariam Nada.

Sheriff Michael Schiff, Chief Robert Mir, and D.A.R.E Officer Desantos stand with essay winners Emily Decker, Kaylen Blackford, Erin Brawley, Harley Taylor, Melina Powell, Synaya Boyd, Ahmad Yousef, Mohamed Nada, Raiden Smith, Gavin Bassney, and Dylan Hardy.