Pictured above: DAREN, Sister Carolyn Marie, DFC A. Mitchell, DFC M. Robshaw, Sheriff Mike Evans, and Our Lady Star of the Sea 5th Grade Graduating Class

On Wednesday, March 25, the 5th Grade D.A.R.E. graduation at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Solomons was held. Nine fifth graders celebrated completing the ten day elementary school “Keepin’ it REAL” curriculum. They were joined by family, Sheriff Mike Evans, and other fellow D.A.R.E. instructors. This was the second graduation for DFC M. Robshaw at Our Lady Star of the Sea. The graduation opened with a few words from DFC Robshaw about the importance of making safe and responsible choices and applauding the parents for doing a great job raising their children thus far.

Following DFC Robshaw was a talk from our guest speaker, 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 Schools.

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 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 Sister Carolyn Marie. 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.