Felton Laboratory School to hold DARE graduation

Thursday, April 19, 2007

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — A graduation ceremony for the fifth grade students at Felton Laboratory School who participated in the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program will be held Friday, April 20, 2007, at 10 a.m. in the Felton Gymnasium, located on the campus of South Carolina State University.

The Honorable Jerry GovanThe Honorable Jerry N. Govan Jr. (Orangeburg County, District 95) is the keynote speaker. Govan has worked in the personnel field on both the federal and state levels for several agencies including the US Department of Navy, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and SC State where he served as director of the Small Business Development Center.

Prior to his election to the S.C. House of Representatives in November 1992, he served as Primary Prevention Specialist for the Tri-County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, coordinating the Pre-Trial Intervention Program for the First Judicial Circuit and, later, Orangeburg County’s People’s Assault on Drugs Community Anti-Drug Task Force.

Currently, Govan is the dropout prevention coordinator and county attendance supervisor for Orangeburg County Consolidated Schools.

Govan graduated from SC State in 1982 where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Arts in Teaching.

The D.A.R.E. program is a ten-week curriculum program that is designed to give youths the skills they need to avoid any involvement with drugs, alcohol and/or violence. Found in 1983, in Los Angeles, CA, the D.A.R.E. program is in nearly 75% of our nation’s school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world.

The program includes a series of classroom lessons that is usually led by a certified officer that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grades how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug-and-alcohol free lives.

“As a D.A.R.E. and school resource officer, my goal and my objective is to help develop effective and productive community leaders in youths by teaching them the values of making the right choice in life,” said Herman Singletary, Felton’s resource officer.

For more information, contact Singletary at (803) 516-4716.