Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The 2019 Edmonson County D.A.R.E. program came to another successful end this year as 130 5th grade students celebrated their graduation today at the EC 5/6 Center.
D.A.R.E. is an acronym for "Drug Abuse Resistance Education." Formerly taught by Kentucky State Police, the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office now oversees the program, which is led by Deputy Jordan Jones, who is also the county's K9 Officer.
Student Macy Treece was this year's essay winner and she was awarded a Sony PS4 gaming console, sponsored by KY-ASAP and a GameStop gift card, sponsored by Kyle Culbreth of KY Farm Bureau .
Josh Roney State Farm was co-sponsor of program T-shirts.
Sheriff Shane Doyle discussed the importance of the local program.
"We were thrilled to be able to start handling our local D.A.R.E. program last year. It's something that we feel can help our students make better decisions. I'm also proud that we have someone like Deputy Jordan Jones as an instructor. He's very close to these kids and it shows with the job that he does with them all year long," he said.
Deputy Jones said he's grateful to have been able to be part of this program and to share life lessons with the kids.
"I truly believe in this program and I believe it can make a difference in these students' lives," he said. "I can't wait to see what the next class brings."
Along with the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office and K9 Officer Tango, members of the EC Anti-Drug Coalition, Brownsville PD, local sponsors, and KSP were in attendance in addition to 5th grade teachers and school administration.