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January 18, 2018

Pictured: Washburn Elementary Elementary Schools. All essay winners were awarded prizes donated by Jarnagin Ford and Chick-fil-A of Morristown. All participants received a DARE T-shirt and will attend a Tennessee Smokies baseball game in the spring.

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Students graduate DARE program

Barbara Womack
Grainger Today Correspondent

RUTLEDGE – Fifth grade students at Bean Station Elementary, Joppa Elementary and Washburn Elementary Schools graduated from the DARE program last week, with essay winners at each school receiving special awards.

DARE’s mission is described as “teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives.”

Ronald Jarnigan is the DARE officer and instructor for the Grainger County Sheriff’s Department.

“I would like to thank the Grainger County school staff for allowing us to teach the DARE program,” said Sheriff James Harville.

Some aspects of the curriculum are teaching self-awareness and management, responsible decision making, understanding others, relationships and communication and handling responsibilities and challenges. The course is comprised of 10 lessons.



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