DARE Students Graduate At Crothersville

Sheriff Marc Lahrman, Detective Bob Lucas and Officer Darin Downs are surrounded by Crothersville 5th graders and role models Chase Ackeret and Kylie Hensley during the Crothersville DARE graduation last Thursday.


Students at Crothersville Elementary School held their DARE (Drug Awareness Resistance Education) graduation on Thursday, November 13, at the school’s cafetorium. On hand for the event was Jackson County Sheriff Macro Lahrman, DARE Officers Sheriff’s Detective Bob Lucas, Brownstown Officer Tom Wright, former DARE Officers Darin Downs and Andy Wayman, and DARE Role Models Crothersville juniors Chase Ackeret and Kylie Hensley. Guest speaker was Jackson Superior Court 2 Judge Bruce MacTavish.

MacTavish told the students one of his new jobs is to sentence juveniles to the detention center when they break the law. He told the students, “I want to see you again. Not in Juvenile Court, I want to see you on the honor roll, the basketball court, in the school play.”

He went on to say, “You are going to be tested some day. You remember today. The promise you made to yourself, fellow students, and the DARE officers to be tobacco, alcohol, and drug free.”

The ceremony ended with the awarding of certificates to Cindy Rider’s and Richard Caldwell’s fifth grade students and the reading of the winning essays. Essay winners were Tori Boldery and Kacie Calhoun.

The next DARE event will be the Bowling Lock-in at Starlite Bowling on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.