News & Events

DARE officers enjoyed the 2023 conference!
2017 SCASRO/SCDARE Conference Opener- Al Garrick, Motivational Speaker with SC D.A.R.E. Association Board Members
SC DARE 2016 Conference Myrtle Beach, SC with former DARE Essay Winner 1994 (center right)
Deputy Will Gibson, speaks at Agape Worship Center, Columbia SC
Bible Way, D.A.R.E. Program Summer 2016

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Essay Winner:
Tyler Shackelford

D.A.R.E. students and visiting parents/guest

Lake Murray Elementary
Chapin S.C.  

D.A.R.E. Graduation

Parents: John and Jennifer Shackelford, Essay Winner: Tyler, DARE Instructor: Deputy Todd Minemier, Principal Claire Thompson,  and Speaker:  Sheriff Leon Lott, Richland County Sheriff’s Department


2014-2015 Sandy Run School’s
D.A.R.E. Graduation

Sandy Run acting CRAZY good!

Deputy Snead with Essay Winners:
Wyatt Pound, Kendall Prevatte and

Keidedra Glover

Deputy Snead new D.A.R.E. Instructor for Calhoun County

Sheriff Thomas S. Summers, Jr. is proud of his D.A.R.E. Officers And encourages them to keep up the good work!


N. Charleston Police Officer Perry

Guess who?     Mystery reader Dep. Arlene Sharpe

Dep. Sharpe with granddaughter.  Dep. Sharpe and Safety Pup.




DARE Activities

Springdale Elementary 5th grade classes celebrated their D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.

Principal, Mr. Thackston opened the ceremony welcoming the visitors and congratulating the students on what they had learned.  Special speakers for the event were Springdale Police Chief Kevin Cornett,  Springdale Mayor Michael Bishop, and Young Miss South Carolina, Pete Davis (Fulmer student).   Also in attendance was our Superintendent, Dr. Venus Holland, Mr. Jim Hinton, and Little Miss South Carolina, Sarah Catherine Cantrell (a Springdale student).

The student's learned good decision-making skills which will help them lead safe and healthy lives.  The D.A.R.E. Vision states “A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.”

At the completion of the 10-week program, students were asked to write a one page essay on what they had learned.  The winners were:

  • Cassidy Thomas-Overall 5th grade winner

  • Riley Chandler- Winner from Mrs. Pyle's class

  • Peyton Owens- Winner from Mrs. Broome's class

  • Lexi Moti-Winner from Mrs. Pope's class

We are so proud of all of our students!  Thank you to all who helped them in this important endeavor.

 Superintendent, Dr. Venus Holland, School District Two 


Mayor Michael Bishop, Chief Kevin Cornett, Young Miss SC Anna Davis and Little Miss SC Sarah Catherine Cantrell


2014 Springdale Elem. D.A.R.E. Graduation with Principal Mr. Thackston
Chief Kevin Cornett- Mayor Michael Bishop, and Young Miss South Carolina, A.Davis

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