With the help of Pryor Police Officer Jeremy Cantrell, and mascot Daren the Lion, Pryor fourth-grade students participated in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.
For the last 10 weeks, students learned about drug and alcohol resistance, peer pressure, stress management and decision making. They graduated Wednesday, in the high school auditorium.
This was Cantrell’s first year as D.A.R.E officer, though he’s been a police officer for 12 years. He received rave reviews from the students.
“This is the most challnging and fun time of my career,” said Cantrell, who led the students through the program’s new curriculum, “Keepin’ It Real.”
“Huge congratulations to these kids,” said Cantrell. “This is quite an accomplishment. I can’t wait until they are in seventh grade and I can see the great choices they’ve made.”
Cantrell said part of D.A.R.E is to provide students the opportunity to see police officers in a positive light.
The ceremony opened with Cantrell’s wife, Paula Cantrell, singing the National Anthem. Miss Pryor 2013, Bailey Kennedy, spoke to the students about the importance of making good decisions. Pryor School Superintendent Don Raleigh talked about leadership and arming one’s self with the right tools.
Pryor Police Chief Dennis Nichols joined in congratulating the students.
An essay contest was part of the curriculum and winners were chosen from each school. The winners were: from Jefferson Elementary, Taygan Powers and Dayton Philbin; from Lincoln Elementary, Addison Waters, Christopher Brown, Makaya Crisp; from Roosevelt Elementary, Alexis Mohammed, Tyler Collins and Brooke Miller.
The winning students read their essays aloud.