Dunbar Auditorium was packed Tuesday night with Parents family and friends of the 5th grade DARE graduating class. Students from Hackler Intermediate School joined almost 10,000 students that have graduated through the DARE program in Baxter County since 1997. Students throughout the county this year are wearing their DARE graduation T-Shirt with the big 20 on the back, which marks 20 years of DARE in our area schools.
Tuesday night Dunbar Auditorium was packed for the 2017 DARE Graduation
Lieutenant Ralph Bird presents John Browning of the Mountain Home Elks Lodge with a plaque thanking them for 20 years of support
Sheriff John Montgomery presents Mountain Home School Superintendent Dr. Jacob Long with a plaque thanking them for supporting our school resource officer and DARE program for 20 years
Students cross the stage and are congratulated on their graduation
Final words of support are provided by Sheriff John Montgomery, Hackler Principal Sondra Monger, and Mountain Home School Resource officer Deputy Daniel Campfield
The 2016-2017 Cotter School D.A.R.E. graduation started off with an amazing performance of the Pledge of Allegiance by Cotter 8th grade student Aimee Tardif, guest speakers were, Elementary Principal Airl Cheek, Local Business owner Nathan Buck and Sheriff John Montgomery. Mr. Buck spoke about making good choices and gave the students some insight as to how D.A.R.E. had helped him. Mr. Buck was in the class from 1997 when D.A.R.E. was first offered in Baxter County.
Graduating D.A.R.E. Class
Principal Cheek, Mr. Buck and Sheriff Montgomery speak to students
Top student, Jillian Wilkinson, Best Essay, Brooks Cheek, 2nd Place Essay, Ryenn Lawing
The Chairman of Community Quilts Jo Ann Moore met with Captain Jeff Lewis and Lieutenant Ralph Bird at the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office to provide a new supply of quilts for Sheriff’s Deputies. Community Quilts has provided comfort quilts to the Sheriff’s Office for a number of years. Deputies give them out to individuals that they are assisting when coping with a stressful situation.
The Sheriff’s Staff and Deputies would like to thank all the ladies that devote their time and talent to providing these quilts to our office. You can see the difference they make when you look into the eyes of a young person that receives one.
Sheriff John Montgomery is sworn in as the Sheriff for Baxter County by District Court Judge Jason Duffy. Judge Duffy also administered the oath of office to Sheriff’s Office Deputies and other public officials at the Baxter County court house.
The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Program is very grateful to the Mountain Home Elks Lodge #1714 for their generous donation of $900.00. This money will help support the programs offered in all three School Districts in Baxter County.
Pictured above from left to right; Deputy Jeremy Melton, Cotter, Deputy Danielle Campfield, Mountain Home, Cathy Schweer, President, Elks Lodge #1714, Deputy Billy Cox, Norfork and Lieutenant Ralph Bird, SRO supervisor.